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Students gown up & scrub in as they step into the shoes of a surgeon in our real operating theatre. Aspiring medical students will journey inside the human body like never before. Hold an Operating Theatre Live events at your school or college and your students will work with  award winning human anatomist Sam Piri & his team of clinicians to undertake the systematic dissection of real specimens and attempt real surgery. Operating Theatre Live is an award winning experience founded in 2011 and has propelled hundreds of thousands of students into careers in healthcare and medicine. 


THE 2022-23 EVENT

Time of accident. 10.38pm


The patient


A male patient named Carl Reed aged 28 has been involved in a serious road traffic collision. Riding his motorbike he’s involved in a suspected hit and run. 


He currently has a GCS score of 3.


Paramedic’s on scene arrived within the golden hour and undertook their initial patient assessment within the platinum 13 minutes. Carl has been blue lighted to accident & emergency and we’ve found the below.


Carl has life threatening injuries which require immediate surgical intervention. A number of scans show:







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In this five hour immersive live event your students will systematically work through the organ structures in our recreated operating theatres, in a race against time they will follow the clinical journey in an attempt to save the patient’s life working with real organs and tissues. A gripping, front row seat into the world of medicine.

Session 1

Patient handover and briefing

The first session will involve a patient hand over, your students will receive information about the specifics of the patients injuries and strategies surrounding the interventions required to maximise the chances of survival.

Key skills:

Communication, data analysis, problem solving, cause & effect, action & consequence, scenarios for medical  interviews

Learning outcomes & curriculum links:

Cells, tissues, organs and systems

Data analysis 

Interpreting graphs 

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Session 2

Anaesthetics, intubation and theatre prep

Once briefed your students will be begin prepping the patient for theatre, observing aseptic technique they will learn the importance of working in a sterile environment and how microorganisms cause harm, they will work with real propofol anaesthetics and make solutions for IV administration. Students will then calculate dosage based on patient mass before using cannulas to administer their drug dose. After administering propofol they will intubate a real larynx using intubation tubes ready for surgery. 

Intubate a real trachea!

Key skills:

Converting between units, manual dexterity, lab skills, pillars of medicine and medical ethics

Learning outcomes & curriculum links:

Mass and volume

Compounds, mixtures & elements

Molecular structure

Cell structure

Action potentials and myelin sheath

Ventilation & respiration


Session 3

Airway, ventilation & pneumothorax

Once intubated your students will move on to conduct an airway dissection of the trachea, they will learn the anatomy of the airway, lungs and surrounding pleural membranes. They will see the diaphragm and intercostal muscles as well as the anatomy of the thoracic cage. Working with our clinical team they will see how the patients pneumothorax is repaired to restore adequate ventilation.

Dissect and inflate a real set of lungs!

Key skills:

Observation, cause & effect, team working, interpreting graphs & problem solving

Learning outcomes & curriculum links:

Gas exchange & diffusion

Oxygen disassociation curve

Specialised cells, red blood cell structure

Bronchial tree and airway anatomy

Effects of smoking 


Session 4

The heart & circulation

Once the patients airway and breathing is stable your students will turn their attention to the heart and circulation. Carl's scans show a significant abdominal bleed. Investigations begin with assessing the stability of the blood vasculature, a real heart in-situ surrounded by the great blood vessels. To address falling blood pressure they will undertake blood and plasma transfusions learning how this is done to manage trauma patients. Students will conduct a dissection of the heart and aorta as well as understand the ECG. In this session they will also examine and dissect a real digestive system as they wrestle with falling homeostatic vitals. Students will work to prevent the patients abdominal bleed and see the stomach, intestine, liver, gall bladder & pancreas.

Dissect a real heart, aorta and digestive system!

Key skills:

Decision making medical ethics, abstract thinking, team working & problem solving

Learning outcomes & curriculum links:

Arteries & veins

Structure of the heart 

Electrical conductivity of the heart (ECG)

The digestive system anatomy

Liver & pancreas function

Enzymes, digestion and bile function

Session 5

The brain and head injuries

With a GCS score of 3 brain injury is likely, Carl has a number of cranial fractures which need urgent attention as a CT-scan shows a bleed to the brain. Students will dissect a real head, brain and spinal cord to see the major structures of the brainstem, cerebrum, cerebellum, cranial meninges, vasculature and spinal cord. Learn how hematomas develop and how they are treated in surgery.

Key skills:

Working with data, working under pressure, problem solving & interpreting graphs

Learning outcomes & curriculum links:

Structure and function of the brain (lobes)

Somatic & autonomic nervous system

The neutron as a specialised cell

The myelin sheath 

Neuron membrane ion flow (action potentials)

Brain stem, cerebellum & cerebrum

Online learning with MEDICPLAYER.com


When booking an Operating Theatre Live experience all students receive 12 months access to MEDICPLAYER our online medical TV streaming service to continue learning, we frequently release science, maths, UCAT, UCAS and application advice content aimed at GCSE, A Level, T Level  & Higher's students.


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A reflective journal for medical school interviews

 An e-certificate for UCAS personal statements

12 months online access to MEDICPLAYER.com

Written by award winning human anatomist and qualified teacher Sam Piri. 
Tailored events matched to all the main specifications for 14+
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Who is Sam Piri?


Samuel Piri is one of the UK’s leading human anatomists, an expert in technical dissection of real specimens.

Samuel delivers training to NHS Hospital Trusts, Universities, Schools, Colleges & Hospitals UK wide. Samuels programmes are built off the back of over 10 years teaching and learning experience at senior levels, having trained teachers on behalf of Manchester University, an ‘outstanding’ provider. 

With Samuel Piri & his wider clinical team, you will learn and develop an understanding of complex undergraduate human anatomy and its associated pathologies. Samuel developed VIVIT -the world’s only semi-synthetic human cadaver to train students' anatomy in a contextualised format. 

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Host your own event at your school or college. You can book an event for students aged 14-16 -ideal for GCSE & National-5 students or an event for 16+, ideal for A Level, T Level and Highers' students.

Its easy to organise and each event is for 60 students.

1. Decide which event you wish to host at your school, 14-16 or 16+.

2. Identify a date to host your event in school/college, check if the hall or gym is available, get in touch with us using the button below.

3. Once you've checked availability, gain approval from SLT and check with other teachers that may be disrupted with students off timetable.

4. Confirm with us and receive your booking confirmation pack.


Crew arrive on site between 7.30am & 9.00am

Event starts at 10.00am

Break and lunchtime as per school timetable

Event ends at 3.00pm

Crew derig and off site by 4.00pm

Event costs

£1890+VAT for full day experience for 60 students

Additional students above 60 £40.00+VAT