Sophomores Take On Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge


Two Lancerss will be spending their summer learning about surgical robotics.  Sophomores Athena Mohamed (left) and Emily Molnar (right) have been selected to participate in the Junior Robotic Surgery Challenge (JRSC) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo.

Mohamed and Molnar were selected from a highly competitive field of candidates, between the ages of 16-19 and from across the country, in order to participate in the program. St. Mary’s AP Biology teacher Mrs. Kathleen Walh-Henshaw is extremely proud of the girls and the hard work they have displayed all year: “The application process alone for the robotics program is extremely rigorous,” Walh-Henshaw said. “This whole experience is a wonderful opportunity for Athena and Emily to really expand their knowledge in the science and medical fields and to learn the intricacies of robotic surgery, which is an incredibly fascinating field.”

Through the JRSC, students will be exposed to the Fundamental Skills of Robotic Surgery curriculum- also known as the primary method used to train robot-assisted surgeons at Roswell Park.  In addition to this exposure, students will have access to workshops and job fairs to really get a feel for the opportunities that await them in the fields of science, technology, and medicine.  At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion in Introduction to Robotic Surgery.