Renown Cardiac Surgeon (and St. Raymond Dad) Visits Science Classes
The 5th and 7th grade Science classes had a visit by a very special guest speaker. Dr. Jack Boyd, a cardiac surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University, as well as a St. Raymond dad, came to campus to talk about his experiences in medicine. Dr. Boyd is the father of St. Raymond students, Patrick (5th grade), Sam (3rd grade), and Annie and Ellie (1st grade).
Dr. Boyd shared with the students his background and the process he went through earning his medical degree. He gave the students an overview of the parts of the heart, its' function and how it is linked with other organ systems. The students were enthralled with a video he presented showing an actual heart surgery which took place at Stanford. The students experienced some "hands on" learning exploring the heart models Dr. Boyd brought to class, as well as a real pig heart which the students were allowed to touch and feel. Following his presentation, Dr. Boyd took questions from the students. The classes were able to connect what they are learning in their textbooks with the real world. Dr. Boyd truly brought science to life for the students.
The 5th and 7th grade students had these comments: Nick R. - "The fun facts and sharing the heart diagrams helped us to understand." Jacob W. - "Hands on learning with a real pig heart was a great experience." Luke W. - "It was a cool, real experience to see the surgery he was doing."
All of the students greatly appreciated Dr. Boyd taking the time to visit St. Raymond School and share his experiences. It was extremely interesting and inspiring to hear from their classmate's Dad about his career in medicine and the amazing work he has done in cardiothoracic surgery.