Posted on January 25, 2011

Doha grade five students of Qatar Academy spent a day at Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre (QRSC) recently where they were initiated into the wonderful world of surgery.

“It is very impressive to see the potential and mental capacity of these students who absorbed information that is usually provided to surgeons,” said Dr Bader Abu-Laban, training manager at QRSC, while briefing Dr Abdulla al Ansari, director of QRSC and chairman of surgery at Hamad Medical Corporation.

The programme provided opportunity for the students to broaden and extend their learning process through experiential learning activities.

Programme Co- Coordinator Barbara Reynolds said, “The purpose of the trip was to explore the field of robotics since all these students are participating in or have participated in a robotics course”.

QRSC provided the perfect setting for the purpose.

The centre focuses on two core activities: training in robotic and minimally invasive surgery and research, and development of innovative surgical technologies.

Dr Motawie el Nimr, QRSC commercial & business development manager, said: “QRSC seeks to become a focal point for world class expertise in surgical technologies.

We work in close partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation and have jointly built our centre into a local hub for surgical training.” Dr Abdulla gave the students an introduction about the Da Vinci surgical robot while by Dr Bader gave demonstrations.

The students who asked questions and requested to try the equipment themselves were given the opportunity to manipulate two of the surgical robots and other training machines that simulate surgical procedures such as incision and surgical stitching.

Student Vincent Adiong said, “The Da Vinci robot is a very remarkable piece of technology, a very advanced internationally known surgical robot.” Fellow student Tobias Rodriguez said: “This hightech surgical robot can perform small incisions known as keyhole surgery which are extremely accurate.

It has a built-in camera that stays in place.

It is helpful because if the camera stays in place the surgeon can see what he is doing at all times.

It is also good because the robot has three arms instead of just the two arms a person has.

The robot also has all the tools needed for the surgery built into its arm.

A human would have to say ‘pass me this’ or ‘pass me that’ which wastes time on the operation”.

“These observations are no surprise because many of these children are now learning the language of computers and computer programming,” said Reynolds.

“The Grade 5’s current unit of inquiry is energy so they are connecting the idea of energy with force and motion.

We are making connections with all of what they have been learning and applying that to 21st century problem solving.

Getting practical exposure and experience into robotics allow the students to see what the implications are for the future and how this will impact our society.” Because one of the centre’s objectives is to empower the youth in Qatar to face challenges in healthcare and technology, Dr Motawie said the staff at QRSC was “very happy and pleased with the visit as it demonstrated how organised, creative and intelligent the children are in a highly specific subject like robotic surgery.” Reynolds said, “This field trip was a practical exposure for students with a strong interest in technology, science, and robotics.

Visiting the Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre was an amazing experience for the students as they got to see what direction the future might hold and discovered just what the Da Vinci surgical robot does and how it operates.”

Source: Qatar Tribune