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21 Jun 2018

STEMM presentation virtual reality stimulation

Pymble Ladies College Year 2 student Eesha Adusumilli played junior research scientist demonstrating virtual reality technology to her Year 10 schoolmates during a science and medical careers presentation at the San Hospital.

Assisting her mother and San Hospital doctor Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee to showcase technology’s impact on jobs, health services and health education, 7 year old Eesha demonstrated how to perform a medical emergency, the removal of a pen lid from a patients throat during a computer generated virtual reality simulation, with a ‘virtual’ patient.

Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee was one of eight hospital presenters highlighting a diverse range of careers in science, technology, engineering, medicine and maths during a free seminar for Year 10 students. The event showcased jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine following a UNESCO report finding that culture, society and education was restricting young women’s choice of careers.

Eesha’s assistance with the demonstration of the technology builds on the year 2 student’s already impressive understanding of computer coding learned from Kindergarten, influenced by her mother’s adoption of technological advances in her work as an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon at the San, a lecturer with the San’s onsite medical school, the deputy chair of RACS NSW and as ENT research lead at the Royal Prince Alfred Institute of Academic Surgery.

Dr Mukherjee says there are quantum leaps in career opportunities thanks to constantly changing technology.

“Having a 7 year old demonstrate how virtual and augmented reality works underpins how effective and easy it is to use this technology is” says Dr Mukherjee.

“Technology is transforming jobs, healthcare training and healthcare services. In the future, while technology will automate certain jobs, armed with new technology creative young minds will equally find brilliant new careers and new professions in ways that we can’t even dream of. It is the engagement of these young people that will lead to even greater advances. It is important to bring such medical research out of our labs and into their hands, so they can feel empowered to create and translate research into practice.

As both a mother and surgeon I’m incredibly excited by what technology means for the future for my patients, my students and for school students including my daughter. “

Over 300 students from local schools including Pymble Ladies College, St Ives High, Masada College, Brigidine College, and Roseville College attended the seminar.

Another high tech demonstration that excited the students was a wrist band to access an augmented reality 3D image via a smart phone application.

Speakers at the seminar included:

  • Health Informatics IS Operations & Infrastructure Manager Barbara McKenzie
  • Midwife Amanda McCamey
  • Vascular and Endovascular surgeon Dr Pecky De Silva
  • Orthopaedic and Spinal surgeon Dr Michelle Atkinson
  • Radiation Oncologist Dr Lee Na Chong
  • Medical Oncologist and specialist in Cancer Genetics Dr Hilda High
  • Gynaecologist and Robotic surgeon Dr Vivian Yang
  • San Radiology Chief Radiographer Nadine Thomson &
  • Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee

This was the second year the Hospital has hosted the free STEMM seminar event to assist local students thinking about career options in advance of their HSC subject choices.


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