Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Da Vinci® Surgical System and My Shadowing Experiences

In my senior year of high school, I saw a hysterectomy performed by Dr. Michael Pitter Chief of Gynecological Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center with the Da Vinci® surgical system. That experience made me confident in my decision to become a Bioengineer and a Doctor. That experience made me. Here is a video of Dr. Pitter speaking while performing a laproscopic myoectomy using the Da Vinci® surgical system.

This summer I started shadowing doctors in preparation for Medical School. My Mom suggested that I contact Dr. Pitter. I wrote him a letter telling him about how my experience was an epiphanic and how I wrote my college essays on it. In the letter, I spoke about my college experience so far and included my resume, the Liberty Science Center article on the "Live From...Robotic Surgery" Program featuring me and a copy of the college essay I wrote about the experience.

His secretary called me today while I was shadowing a cardiologist. I'll start on Monday and I might get to see a surgery using the Da Vinci®! I'm sooo excited!