STEM students name hospital equipment

Surgeons provide first-hand look at robotics

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Students interested in the medical profession from STEM Schools Highlands Ranch got the opportunity to see how a surgical robot works and participated in naming the high-tech equipment.

UCHealth Highland Ranch Hospital has been opened for two years and continues to advance technology as they have brought in a new robot for surgeries.

In an effort to get the community involved, operating room nurse manager Adam McKew said the hospital invited STEM School students to see how the machine works and talk to surgeons and young aspiring doctors who are currently attending med school.

The students got to not only see surgeons use the machines, but they also got to test their hands with the surgical instrument.

“They came in and we put them in scrubs alongside the doctors and took them into the operating room,” McKew said. “During the visit, we let the students move the robot around, let them push buttons and look through the eye piece where the surgeons work.”

As the surgeons talk to the aspiring med-school students, McKew said the nursing staff at the Highlands Ranch hospital tried to recruit them into considering become a nurse.

McKew said while the nurse’s tried, he laughed, saying the students would have none of that.

“This group of students were pretty set on becoming doctors,” he said.

For added fun, McKew said the hospital asked students to give the new robot a name. Some options were passed around by the student body in school and then the med-school students made the final decision.

The robot will now be called, Leonardo RO Vinci.

McKew said working with aspiring doctors is important to him as it also helped him on his path to becoming a medical professional.

“It is important to engage in these community-type events,” he said. “This is exactly the kind of thing that helped shape my career. The earlier we can reach out, especially in schools, to show them what we do, the better.”

McKew said even at the high school level, the more first-hand experience aspiring doctors can receive, the better.

The partnership with STEM went so well, that McKew said when Highlands Ranch brings in the second robot surgeon system, the students will again be asked to participate in the naming process.

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