On Wednesday, February 12, more than 75 high school juniors and seniors who are interested in exploring a career in health care, computer science or robotic technology attended a Career Day at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.
During the event, the students had an opportunity to learn from and meet members of the Queen of the Valley surgical team who are using the latest robotics technology to perform less invasive surgeries. Care providers shared their educational paths and the discovery process that led them to pursue their specialties.
“Through donations from our community members, the Queen has been able to provide robotic-assisted surgery to our community members for more than a decade. We are thrilled to invite local students to meet the providers who have been pioneers in advancing this technology. And to help the next generation reach their own career aspirations,” said Elaine John, chief executive officer, Queen of the Valley Foundation.
Susana Gonzalez, M.D., OB/GYN, Robert Dunham, M.D., general surgery, and Daniel Gilbert, D.O. urologist, discussed how the hospital’s da Vinci XI Surgical System is reducing recovery time and scarring for a variety of urology, gynecology and general procedures. Michael Shifflett, M.D. orthopedic surgery, talked to students about how the hospital’s new Mako robot is providing better outcomes and reducing hospital stays for patients in need of knee replacement.
In addition, students had an opportunity to learn about the mechanics behind this medical technology from Intuitive and Stryker representatives. Following the lectures, students “test drove” both the Mako and da Vinci robots.
This event was made possible by the partnership of Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Queen of the Valley Foundation and NapaLearns, a nonprofit with a bold mission—to equip every student in Napa County with the skills they need to succeed in college, careers, and their community.
“Since 2010, NapaLearns has invested $9 million in bringing innovative learning experiences to Napa County students,” said Peg Maddocks, executive director. “Events like this help bridge the gap between classroom instruction and hands-on experience. They open students’ eyes and expose them to worlds outside their own, inspiring them to think about their future careers.”
Students enrolled in robotics, medical science and computer science classes from eight high schools attended the event, including: American Canyon; Calistoga Junior-Senior; Justin-Siena; Napa; New Technology (Napa); St. Helena; Valley Oak (Napa) and Vintage (Napa).
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