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Direct From the Operating Room

Have your students experience a front row seat to a live surgery in these interactive programs! 

Watch as students are enthralled with a close-up, guided view of the surgery from the surgical team of experts as they provide first-hand responses to your students' many questions. You'll be amazed by how much they will take away! 


Total Knee Replacement

Presented in partnership with ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

Students will watch a total knee replacement in real-time while interacting with Dr. Werle, Head of Joint Reconstruction with AHS Calgary Zone and Clinical Associate Professor with the U of C, along with the surgical team. The surgery is broadcast live from Rockyview General Hospital, Orthopedic (knee) surgery. Students will learn how injury and arthritis can damage a knee and how an artificial joint can reduce pain and restore mobility.

Partial Nephrectomy 

Students will watch a live broadcast of a partial nephrectomy (removal of part of a kidney and tumour) by Dr. Jun Kawakami, a urologic oncologist with the University of Calgary. Students will have a unique opportunity to interact with the surgical team in real-time in a question-and-answer format, while Dr. Kawakami uses the DaVinci robot to perform this laparoscopic surgery. Learn how kidney tumours form and how they can be removed with robotic laparoscopic surgery.

  • Price: $20 per student + GST (Min. of 15 participants)
  • Standard chaperone ratios apply (1:10)

Both surgeries are streamed onto a 24-foot screen at Spark, filmed from multiple HD cameras and angles, equipped with microphones to an audience of up to 150 students. Students will gain insight into many aspects of healthcare, including preventative medicine, anatomy, biomedical engineering, and careers in the field.

Direct From the Operating Room is for students grades 9-12. Surgeries begin at 8:00 a.m.

  • Participants acknowledge that patient safety is the priority, and that the Direct From the Operating Room experience is provided for learning purposes. TELUS Spark and AHS reserve the right to cancel a broadcast at any time to maintain patient safety. In this case refunds will not be provided.

2019/2020 dates coming soon! 

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Can’t make it to TELUS Spark? We'll come to you.

Remotely connect your classroom to our live knee replacement surgery experience. All you'll need is a webcam, computer, display screen and internet access. (Remote Access is subject to availability.)

Price: $305 + GST
Remote Access with question-and-answer interface; Max students: 30
Remote Access only; Max students: 50

Payment and Cancellations:  Changes or cancellations for the Direct from the Operating Room program need to be completed at least 12 business days prior to the scheduled visit. Any changes are subject to availability. The first change to a booking is free of charge. Subsequent changes will be charged a $25 administration fee. Cancellations within 12 business days of your visit or connection will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. School cheques can be mailed or accepted at our main information desk. Major credit cards will be accepted through our Call Centre. Full payment must be made 12 business days prior to your scheduled visit or connection.