Students To Get Inside Look at Live Surgeries

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- – The Louisville Science Center, Jewish Hospital and the Greater Louisville Medical Society are launching a new educational program for young people.

Called Pulse of Surgery, it will allow middle and high school students to view heart surgeries as they're being conducted, and to interact with surgical teams via video conference from the Science Center.

The lead surgeon on the project is Jewish Hospital's Dr. Mark Slaughter, who says the program will give the students a first-hand look at the effects of unhealthy habits, and perhaps spur them to pursue a career in medicine.

"It provides a significant impact to give them a boost in the ability to realize that this is a dream or a vocation that they can also achieve."

Slaughter says the surgeries will be heart by-pass procedures and will be shown with patients' consent.