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High school students in Manitoba received a crash course in knee surgery this morning.
More than 1,200 students from around the province watched a live anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery that took place from one of the operation rooms at Pan Am Clinic. The 45-minute procedure was streamed live to a classroom of 70 students at Sisler High School and from there, the transmission was broadcast out to schools across Northern Manitoba.
"Our foundation focuses on research, education and community outreach and this is an incredible opportunity for the Pan Am Clinic to bring learning and education into the community for these students," Pan Am Clinic Foundation executive director Jeff Leiter said in a statement.
"It is one thing to read and learn about the medical sciences but it’s very exciting for students to experience this learning through interacting with live surgery, and we are thrilled to work with Sisler High School to make this possible."
Officials believe the live and interactive procedure – the Grade 11 and 12 students were encouraged to ask direct questions to surgeon Dr. Peter MacDonald as he walked the class through the operation – was the first of its kind in Canada.