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Students test-drive surgical robot

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM

A group of third-grade students from Friendship Christian School got a first-hand look at a surgical robot at University Medical Center Thursday. 

Kim Pippin escorted two classes to the hospital for an informational afternoon.

"With the new advances in technology at UMC and the push for school districts to bolster their Math and Sciences programs nationally, Friendship Christian School scheduled a special field trip to the UMC campus on Thursday," UMC Director of Physician Outreach and Marketing Adam Groshans said.

The class was given the opportunity to control UMC's recently acquired da Vinci surgical robot.

Each of the students was offered the opportunity to take the controls and work the robotic arms. Other students could get a close-up view of the process on a small flat-screen television that showed the progress of the arms.

A demonstration of just how closely one can look at an object through the robot's technology was given by displaying a penny on the screen. The machine zoomed in so close that the students were able to see President Lincoln sitting on his chair in the middle of the monument minted on the back of the penny.

The class was also allowed to ask questions of one of UMC's doctors who was trained in the use of the robot.

Groshans said a similar field trip was held with students at Castle Heights Elementary.

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