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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.

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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.

Capacity: 100 people.

Program duration: up to 2 hours

Regular Admission                  

Students $25.00 
Adult chaperone $12.00
(1) Lead teacher FREE per group

SDPC Participants Admission

Students $23.00
Adult chaperone $10.00
(1) Lead teacher FREE per group

Note: Surgery Live! pricing is the same throughout the year, no change for Peak Season

Please contact our Group Sales Coordinator at groupsales@whitakercenter.org or by phone at 717-724-3849 for pricing information if you may qualify for our Educational Outreach Fund (EOF), with 40% or more of your school or district students receiving free or reduced lunches (first come first served, based on availability)

Surgery Live! 2017-2018 Dates

Tues. March 6 Endoscopic FULL
Wed. March 7 Gastric FULL
Thurs. March 8 Hysterectomy FULL
Thurs. March 15 Cholecystectomy FULL
Tues. March 20 Endoscopic FULL
Fri. March 23 Urological FULL
Wed. April 4 Gastric FULL
Thurs. April 5 Cholecystectomy FULL


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.

How to register for Surgery Live! :
  1. Please contact our Group Sales Coordinator to purchase tickets at seaston@whitakercenter.org or 717-724-3849.
  2. After you have purchased your tickets, please click here to complete and submit the RSVP form to schedule your group’s visit.
  3. Please note all Surgery Live! ticket sales are considered final one month prior to your visit; we do not issue refunds for decreased attendees after that time.

If immediate purchase is not possible for your school district, we will hold seats for your group for a maximum of two weeks. Full payment must be received within that time or your seats will be released for resale. 

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



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