Specifically targeted key learning areas: Science

Strand: Scientific Understanding (biological science) and Science Inquiry Skills

Students perform the simulated process of open heart surgery including setting up and initiating the bypass process. Students explore the human heart and its central role in the circulatory system.
Students learn about various components of the heart and how it links and interacts with the other systems of the body. The accompanying virtual tutorial provides further instructions to help students develop a deeper understanding of the process and the medical area.

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Overview of the role of Open Heart Surgeon (cardiovascular surgery)
Cardiac surgery or cardiovascular surgery is all about operating on the heart, and is intended to treat or correct various types of heart disease such as congenital heart disease, to treat valvular heart disease from various causes, including endocarditis, rheumatic heart disease and atherosclerosis and to fully transplant a heart (heart transplantation). Surgeons who conduct open heart surgery will make a large incision or cut in the chest, then open the rib cage to access the heart. Use of the word “open” relates to the chest being open rather than the heart itself although at times the heart may also be opened.

Some famous heart surgeons include: Victor Chang, CharlesTeo, Denton Cooley, Russell M. Nelson, Maria Siemionow. You can find out more about working in the field of heart surgery here at wikipedia.

Related Streams & Jobs:
General Practitioner (GP)
Surgical Technologist

As an open heart surgeon, your subjects of interest to explore includes these three areas:

Aligned Subjects:
  • Science
  • Biological Science
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Health and Human Development

Aligned Study
Doctor of Medicine followed by surgical training which usually takes five to six years following completion of a medical degree. Or complete a Bachelor Degree achieving high grades and then complete the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) a standardised exam used to assess the capabilities of students wishing to pursue further study in medicine.

Industry Focus
Public Health, Private health, Aged Care, Pharmaceutical, Scientific Services.

Personal Attributes
Empathy, Kindness, Patience, Intellectual Curiosity, Loyalty, Sociability, Flexibility, Positivity, Authenticity, Resilience, Reliable, Learning Mindset, Maturity.

Core Skills
Strong communication (verbal & written), leadership, knowledge of human anatomy and proper medical protocol, problem solving, dexterity and physical stamina.

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