There’s a connection between clementines and pelvic anatomy.
In a story on NPR.com, Pamela Andreatta, Ed.D., M.F.A., M.A., an assistant professor in both the Department of Medical Education and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynocology, revealed that residents could be taught minimally invasive surgery with the small orange fruit.
An excerpt is below:
“Andreatta set up an exercise using an opaque box with holes in the top through which you can insert a camera, scissors and grasper. She invited residents, medical students and faculty to dissect clementines.
“They had to take off the peel in as few pieces as possible, remove the pith, separate the segments, then put everything back together and suture the peel closed. They had two hours to complete the task.
“Andreatta designed a complex scoring system, which took into consideration the finished state of the fruit, each person’s planning and clinical judgment, plus some other factors.
“In all, 41 people dissected clementines. The minimally invasive surgery specialists scored the highest, by far. Residents and nonsurgical faculty scored significantly lower. Medical students, with little or no surgical experience, fared worst.”
You can read the full story here.