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Curriculum with Heart: 7th Graders Observe Open Heart Surgery

Monday, May 1, 2017
Observing heart surgery
7th grades observing heart survery at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in April 2017.
Photo by parent Joanne Petty.

For nearly 20 years, Burgundy Middle School students have visited Inova Heart and Vascular Institute to observe heart surgeries in action and learn more about heart health. Middle School science teacher Doug Fishman coordinates this opportunity for students. He estimates that nearly 600 7th graders have participated in the field trips over the years.

Doug believes students make connections between these observations, what they’ve learned in the classroom, and opportunities for further studies and possible careers. "They see the real-world application of what they are learning in the classroom, and they realize, 'I can do that," Doug says. "They also see that the doctors work in a team and that every person on the team has an important job."

Throughout the surgery, a nurse is a guest teacher, sharing information and continuing the heart health education for the students. During a recent visit, an anesthesiologist and a cardiologist stopped by to discuss their parts of the surgery and to answer student questions.

Burgundy's Annual Giving Fund helps to support field trips and other unique opportunities like this that are memorable and influential for students long after they graduate. Please help us continue this and other special programs — make a gift today!