Direct from the Operating Room

Direct from the Operating Room

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Surgeries begin at 8 AM and run for approximately 2 hours


$20 per student + GST (Minimum of 15, max 150 participants)

Chaperone Requirements

One chaperone for every 10 students permitted


Available for Grades 9-12

Give students a front row seat to a live surgery for an up-close and impressive learning experience!

Students will be given a guided view of the surgery by the surgical team of experts, be introduced to the specialties on the team and have the opportunity to ask questions from their audience seat in the Inspiration Stage at Spark or join from your classroom! See remote access options below. Surgeries begin at 8 AM and run for approximately two hours. Times subject to change as patience and surgical team needs dictate. You'll be amazed by how much they will take away from this real-time setting!

All surgeries are filmed with multiple HD cameras and angles and streamed onto a 24-foot screen in the Inspiration Stage at Spark. Students will gain insight into many aspects of healthcare, including preventative medicine, anatomy, biomedical engineering, medical specialty careers and maybe inspired to consider their future career choice.

While surgeries tend to run on schedule, please note that timings are subject to change as per the needs of the surgical team and patient.

Total Knee Replacement

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 at the University of Calgary along with the surgical team. The surgery is broadcast from Rockyview General Hospital, orthopedic (knee) surgery department.

Presented in Partnership with the Alberta Health Services

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-an-answer format, while Dr. Kawakami uses the DaVinci robot to perform this laparoscopic surgery.

Remote Access

Can't make it to TELUS Spark? Spark will remotely connect your classroom to the Total Knee Replacement Surgery.

To connect to the live surgery, all you'll need is a webcam, computer, display screen, and internet access.*

*Remote connection is subject to availability

Remote Access Price: $305 + GST

Includes remote connection with question-and-answer interface for up to 30 students or remote connection only for up to 60 students.

Contact [email protected] to book a remote connection with Direct from the Operating Room.

More information

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.

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 visit. Any changes are subject to availability. Cancellations within 10 business days of your visit or connection will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. School cheques can be mailed to Spark for remote connections or accepted at the main information desk on the day of your visit. Major credit cards can be accepted by the School Bookings team by phone or online.

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

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