Direct from the Operating Room

Direct From The Operating Room

Suitable for grades 9-12.


October 18, 2022

November 15, 2022

December 6, 2022

February 28, 2023

April 18, 2022

Time: 8:00 to 10:00 AM


Virtually via Zoom. or

At Spark (classes only)


Per student at Spark: $20

Per class online (up to 35 students): $295


Suitable for Grades 9-12.

Paging all students to the operating room and a front row seat to a live knee surgery!

Students and teachers are invited to the operating room at Rockyview Hospital, for a live knee surgery guided by a surgeon and an anesthesiologist. This exciting opportunity allows students to not just watch the surgery, but to ask live questions to the operating room staff.

All surgeries are filmed with multiple high definition cameras, streamed directly to the classroom. Students can learn about preventative medicine, anatomy, biomedical engineering and other specialty careers in medicine!

All surgeries are scheduled between 8:00 to 10:00 AM. While these surgeries tend to run on schedule, they are subject to change due to the needs of the surgical team and the patient.

What to expect

  • Two hour live broadcast (via Zoom) of a total knee replacement surgery. 
  • In-person: 7:45 AM arrival at Spark, viewing of surgery in the Inspiration Stage, access to Spark galleries or virtual viewing of surgery. 
  • Live Q&A with Rockyview staff. 
  • Multiple classes in each session. 
  • Most appropriate for grades 9-12. 

Want to learn more? Contact Spark at [email protected] or 403.817.6802.



October 18, 2022

November 15, 2022

December 6, 2022

February 28, 2023

April 18, 2022

Time: 8:00 to 10:00 AM


Per student at Spark: $20

Per class online (up to 35 students): $295

Total Knee Replacement

Students will watch a total knee replacement in real-time while interacting with Dr. Werle, Head of Joint Reconstruction and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, alongside the rest of the surgical team in the orthopedic (knee) surgery department at Rockyview General Hospital.

About Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is proud to be part of Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to more than 4.4 million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

How to Book

  • To book, please call 403.817.6802 and secure your spot!
  • Direct From the Operating Room is limited to schools with teacher supervision only.
  • Individual bookings are not available at this time. Limited spaces available.

More information

    • Teacher Tips & Tech Requirements

      - Register early to secure your spot! Spaces are limited.

      - Students and participants may feel nausea during the program. A sick bucket is advised to have on hand.

      - The program will be streamed via zoom. A laptop, microphone and zoom account is required.

      - One connection per booking. Each booking will be permitted to connect to the surgery using one device. It is highly recommended to project the program onto a larger screen.

      - Due to the sensitivity and nature of the program, a recording will not be available.

      - This offering is limited to schools with teacher supervision only. At-home and individual bookings are not available at this time.

    • Payments and Cancellations

      - Booking changes or cancellations for the Direct From the Operating Room program must be completed at least two weeks before the scheduled program. Any changes are subject to availability. Cancellations within 10 business days of your visit or connection will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.

      - For questions about field trip costs, availability or general inquiries, please contact the School Bookings team at 403.817.6802.

      - Participants acknowledge that patient safety is the priority, and that the Direct From the Operating Room experience is provided for learning purposes. Spark and the Alberta Health Services reserve the right to cancel a broadcast at any time to maintain patient safety. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be provided.

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