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Surgery Live!

Watch professionals perform surgical procedures. In real life. In real time.

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have created an innovative partnership designed to stimulate the interest of high school students in careers in health care. With the support of Highmark BlueShield, Surgery Live! at Whitaker Center connects students to the operating rooms of Hershey Medical Center through interactive high-definition videoconferencing technology.

Students see and hear the surgical teams in real time and are able to ask questions during surgical procedures. A facilitator guides the students' discussion with operating room staff, demonstrate surgical instruments used in the operation, and explain factors that cause disease and contribute to conditions that place patients on the operating table.

NEW for '18 - '19 - Surgery Live! will take place in Select Medical Digital Cinema. We're increasing the capacity and the size of the screen...to 4 stories!

Capacity: 200 people.

Program duration: up to 2 hours

Regular Admission                  

Adults/Students $25.00 per person

EOF Eligible Admission

Adults/Students $8.00 per person

SDPC Participants Admission

Adults/Students $23.00 per person

Please contact us at education@whitakercenter.org or by phone at 717-724-3865 for pricing, information, or to see if your group qualifies for our Educational Outreach Fund.

Surgery Live! 2018-2019 Dates and Procedures


December 4, 2018           Hysterectomy SOLD OUT!

December 12, 2018         Lap Hernia Repair

December 13, 2018         Hysterectomy

December 20, 2018         Cholecystectomy

January 9, 2019                Lap Hernia Repair

January 10, 2018              Cholecystectomy

January 23, 2019              Gastric

January 31, 2019              Hysterectomy

February 7, 2019              Cholecystectomy

February 19, 2019            Gastric

February 28, 2019            Hysterectomy

March 7, 2019                  Cholecystectomy

March 19, 2019                Gastric

March 28, 2019                Hysterectomy SOLD OUT!

April 4, 2019                     Cholecystectomy 

April 11, 2019                   Hysterectomy

April 16, 2019                   Gastric

Complete the Surgery Live! Reservation Form to Book your Trip!

Please note: 

  • Surgery Live! is reserved for student groups and is not offered to the general public
  • Surgery Live! is only available to school groups of 10 or more 
  • Due to the graphic nature of live surgery, students must be in grade 7 or above to attend
  • Each Surgery Live! program is scheduled from 9:00am-11:30am. Due to the nature of live surgery, the actual session may end earlier or later than scheduled.
  • Full payment is due at time of booking. Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.

Surgery Live! is generously supported by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Highmark


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