Department of Surgery Wows Youngsters During Bring Your Child to Work Day

The Department of Surgery hosted 40 children on April 28 for a special Bring Your Child to Work Day. The day kicked off with breakfast and an introduction by Rafic Warwar, vice chair of administration.

The activities got underway with a tour of the UWellness Center and Programs and the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, where the kids experienced an emergency medicine simulation, used stethoscopes and learned how to administer CPR.

The sons and daughters of faculty and staff also enjoyed presentations on burn and injury prevention. Members from the sports medicine team also spoke on the many ways they help patients recover after an injury.

The day wrapped up with sessions on “Eating Healthy” and “Discovering Research.” During “Eating Healthy” the kids learned about proper food intake, and in “Discovering Research,” they extracted DNA from a strawberry, viewed skin cells under a microscope and examined the back of an eye.

At the conclusion, Alan S. Livingstone, M.D., Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Professor and Chair of Surgery, thanked the kids for participating in a day in the life of the Department of Surgery and encouraged them to learn more about medicine and research.

Tanya Spencer, senior program manager, brought her son Sebastian to experience her workday. “He’s already talking about coming back next year,” said Spencer.

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