The Phoenix

St. Luke’s neurosurge­ons teach high school students about spine surgery


Students from the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg had an up-close and hands-on lesson in spine surgery Jan. 29, taught to them by St. Luke’s Chief of Neurosurge­ry Doron Rabin, MD, and Hugh Moulding, MD, Director of St. Luke’s Brain and Spine Tumor Center. Rabin and Moulding dissected cadavers to show the students the muscles, bones, nerves and spinal cord. Students then were able to dissect the preserved torsos with guidance from the physicians. The doctors also described common injuries and diseases of the spine and explained a range of treatment options, including surgery. The day-long cadaver course, taught at the Venel Institute, Bethlehem, was an opportunit­y for the high school students to try their hands in the simulated “operating rooms” and learn about the training and daily activities of neurosurge­ons. The teens are part of the school’s Medical Institute, which gives students interested in Medical and STEM profession­s opportunit­ies to interact with profession­als and provides them with handson learning experience­s such as the spine cadaver course. This photo shows students observing the procedure.


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