Dr. David Samadi of New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center recently welcomed 130 outstanding high school students to observe a live robotic surgery. As chief of the hospital's Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery department, Samadi conducted the procedure as part of a ten-day residential program hosted by the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine.
A captivated audience of students was delighted by the opportunity to witness an expert in prostate cancer treatment and robotics perform the live procedure. After watching the prostatectomy via closed circuit television, the students were able to engage in a question and answer session with Dr. Samadi.
"Seeing the students' enthusiasm and hearing their insightful question was a great thrill," said Samadi. "I love when people are as excited about robotic surgery as I am."
Approximately 3 out of every 10 students who participate in the forum nationwide are expected to be part of the medical field in some way. Additionally, many feel a debt of gratitude to the program and go on to become NYLF faculty later in their careers.
According to the doctor's website, robotic surgeries offer several significant benefits, including clinically superior results, faster recovery times, minimal scarring and a reduced risk of complications.