High School Students Watch Kidney Transplant Surgery Via Live Feed

UC Health partnered Monday with The Health Collaborative and its TAP MD program to offer participating high school students a chance to watch live as a transplant surgery was performed at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Students enrolled in TAP MD—a program designed to “tap” into the potential of area high school students and encourage careers in medicine—gathered in UC Medical Center’s historic surgical amphitheater to watch a live-stream video feed of E. Steve Woodle, MD, UC Health transplant surgeon, performing a kidney transplant surgery. Woodle is also director of the UC College of Medicine Division of Transplantation.TAP MD

While inside the surgical amphitheater, one of only three amphitheaters of its kind left in the country, the students were given a play-by-play of the surgery by UC Health transplant surgeon Tayyab Diwan, MD. Diwan, assistant professor of surgery at UC and director of the transplant fellowship program, also educated the students pre-surgery on the instruments that would be used and referred to them as the surgery was underway.

“We feel fortunate to educate these students who have an interest in the sciences as they explore careers in health care,” said Diwan. “Questions they asked were specific to the instruments and the procedure, as well as the educational requirements and the benefits and rewards of the being a physician. The group was extremely observant.”

Heleena McKinney, recruitment coordinator for The Health Collaborative added, “The one-year program begins in January and allows high school students to explore potential careers in health care through observation and hands-on activities. Students receive a lab coat with their names stitched and visit area health care facilities to watch live procedures including surgeries and MRIs. We are thankful to partner with UC Health.”

Students selected for the TAP MD program must have strong academic skills, with a minimum ACT score of 29 or SAT score of 1300. Students must also exhibit high motivation to succeed, dependable behavior and a positive attitude.

Dr. Tayyab Diwan TAP

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