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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Local students visit Franklin Woods to try their hand at the da Vinci robotic surgery system


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Students from Science Hill High School, Northeast State Community College and East Tennessee State University last week got to try out the da Vinci Xi robotic surgical system, used for minimally invasive surgeries, at Franklin Woods Community Hospital – and it was quite the learning experience for them.

Check out some pretty cool photos here.

The students had the opportunity to test-drive the robot while learning how technology is used in health care. Franklin Woods performs robot-assisted surgery for several conditions and uses a da Vinci model similar – but not the same – as the two machines the students used. The students were able to see a score of how well they performed.

Click here to watch a short WJHL video report on the event.

The da Vinci technology, for appropriate cases, reduces post-surgery pain and length of stay and assists with getting patients back to their daily activities much sooner than open surgery or even some laparoscopic cases. The da Vinci robot is used for certain colorectal, OB/GYN, urology and other general surgery cases.

The students from Science Hill are planning on pursuing careers in health care, and through collaborations with Mountain States and other organizations, they make various on-site visits in the community to experience what it’s like in a true health care environment. One of the Science Hill instructors, Jan Mould, said of her class, “It absolutely opens their eyes to what’s available. It gets them excited about health care. … What the students are getting is real-world.”


In addition to Science Hill, ETSU and Northeast students getting a test drive on the da Vinci, members of Mountain States senior leadership also had a session scheduled during the two-day, hands-on event.