TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – MOSI has a new attraction and it gives high school students interested in the medical field, front row seats into the operating room.
“Really what we want is to open their eyes to the breath of opportunities in the health care field. Health Care is the largest growing segment of our economy and in middle and high school they need to know what are those opportunities,” said MOSI President and CEO Molly Demeulenaere.
So to celebrate World Heart Day students from Middleton High School got to be the first to witness open heart surgery live on the big screen in MOSI’s Frank C. Coleman Family Science Works 3D Theater.
“It was very different because I never got to experience a live surgery that way. We watched it like we were basically there and we got to ask a real doctor questions,” said 16 year old Aly Khaled who is a Junior at Middleton High School.
This is all part of MOSI joining forces with Florida Hospital to bring the real live surgery experience to aspiring doctors.
“It’s all with Florida Hospital so we are starting with open heart surgery and heart procedures at Peppin Heart Institute and we will branch out into other procedures like orthopedic but we will stay in the Florida Hospital Family,” Demeulenaere said.
In the future MOSI plans to include middle school students and later it will be open to the public. But for now, the class will continue to inspire young doctors.
“I kinda wanted to go into the medical field so it’s reassuring that I do want too because that ladies life is going to be so much better after the surgery and making an impact on someone’s life like that, I would want to do that too,” said 15 year old Middleton High School Sophomore Samantha App about the sixty year old woman who allowed live cameras in the operating room during her surgery.
“I have always wanted to be a surgeon. I want to be a neurosurgeon. I’m sure it’s going to change what kind of surgeon I want to be but I always will know that I will be a surgeon,” said 15 year old Middleton High School student Saagar Majethia.