Deep brain stimulation surgery is an online activity the Ohio State University Medical Center produced to allow students an opportunity to assist a virtual doctor in performing brain surgery, explains the Edheads website. Edheads recommends the program for students in grades seven and up.
The premise behind the deep brain stimulation surgery activity is that Dr. Vanessa Mei is performing brain surgery on a patient in hopes of improving the symptoms of a movement disorder, states Edheads. Teachers need to forewarn students that the program features graphic images of real-life surgical procedures. The Edheads website features a downloadable worksheet teachers can print and give their students to complete while performing the activity, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
The website also features an online teacher's guide, which includes the answers to questions students are presented with while performing the virtual brain surgery, notes Edheads. For example, the program asks students to explain the positioning of the fiducials during the surgical procedure. The answer is that surgeons must place fiducials in such a way that they are not in the way of the stimulation probe during this type of brain surgery. Another question is why neither the surgeon nor the resident administers a test the patient completes midsurgery. The answer is that the surgeon and resident are not allowed to touch anything outside of the sterile area.