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Surgical Interventions

Develop skills to confidently and swiftly perform surgical procedures and work under pressure in a simulated operating room.

About this Workshop

Campus: Wellesley College | Rising Grades: 10,11,12

Identify and diagnose diseased and injured anatomical structures, and, through virtual surgeries and guidance from medical experts, discover the latest technology and surgical techniques. Simulate a clogged artery, repair a hernia, and build a reconstructive device to heal a bone fracture. Work with animal specimens that simulate human illnesses and injuries, perform dissections, use medical illustration techniques to prototype solutions, create scale models to make sure that they’re viable, and implant the device into the specimens you’ve dissected. Get hands-on with surgical techniques—from holding a scalpel to precisely piercing each layer of tendon or tissue—and work through digital simulations to prepare for dissections and surgeries. Your ability to wield a scalpel can determine whether you become a surgeon; your ability to collaborate with others and to keep your head cool under pressure can determine whether you become a great one.


Operating Room Simulation
Practice establishing a safe and sterile operating room environment by setting up a sterile field, using a surgical checklist, and communicating effectively with your health care team while you perform simulated surgeries.

Surgical Techniques
Learn how to accurately place and execute incisions and suture them once finished. Explore minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopic surgery.

Biomedical Engineering + Innovation
Using a variety of tools and materials, design and implant a device that successfully addresses a medical issue such as a clogged artery or shattered femur.

Reconstructive Surgery
Repair a variety of tissue damage caused by traumatic injuries, illness, or defects. Practice using life-saving techniques and procedures on models and animal specimens.