Swedish Inviting 15 People to Become ‘Heart Surgeons for a Day’

Participants will scrub in with Swedish cardiac surgeons, examine a human heart and perform heart surgery techniques on Feb. 5
Jan 06, 2014

WHAT: Starting today, Dr. Glenn Barnhart and the team at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute in Seattle are inviting 15 people to become ‘Heart Surgeons for a Day’ on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Participants will:

  • Receive their own Swedish medical scrubs
  • Examine a human heart and video footage from a recorded heart surgery
  • Participate in interactive demonstrations using surgical tools such as the da Vinci robot
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Attend lunch and a Q&A session with Dr. Barnhart and other Swedish cardiac surgeons and cardiologists

Any member of the general public can apply to become a ‘Heart Surgeon for a Day.’ Applications must be submitted online at www.swedish.org/doc4day between Monday, Jan. 6 and Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).

Others can follow the event live on Twitter via @Swedish and #SwedishDoc4Day.

WHO: Anyone – 14 years and older – is eligible to participate in the event. Up to 15 lucky participants will be selected at random to become a ‘Heart Surgeon for a Day.’

WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHY: February is American Heart Month – and rightfully so. Heart disease affects one in four Americans and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of all men and women who die from heart disease have no noticeable symptoms.

The ‘Heart Surgeon for a Day’ event is intended to inspire both the participants who attend and the individuals who join the conversation online to learn more about heart disease prevention and treatment.

WHERE: Seattle Science Foundation, 500 17th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98122

HOW: All entries must be submitted at www.swedish.org/doc4day by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.

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