Priory Dad Dr. James Dimitroff Presents to Form III Biology Students
A student’s hand shot up mid-way through the class: “What’s an ulcer?” Dr. James Dimitroff, a seasoned gastroenterologist, explained that ulcers are essentially sores in the stomach. He showed a photograph of a healthy stomach, and one with a large ulcer.
The Form III students in Mr. McLaughlin’s biology classes this week were treated to guest lectures by Dr. Dimitroff, the father of Form I student Jake and Form III student James Jr. Dr. Dimitroff’s presentation was fascinating; he gave a great overview of how the digestive system works and what happens when things go wrong. He showed textbook drawings of the digestive system, complimented by still images and video he’s gathered over his career. The students saw healthy digestive systems, and those compromised by various diseases and ailments, including Crohn’s Disease, celiac disease, cancer, and those pesky ulcers. They learned that Dr. Dimitroff gets called to help patients in the middle of the night who are struggling with esophageal obstructions and can’t swallow. They learned that he uses a $30,000 scope to investigate symptoms, and were able to hold and inspect a scope. As they looked over the equipment, packed in its own special padded suitcase with locks, one student asked if this particular scope was for demonstration purposes. “Oh, no!” Dr. Dimitroff smiled. “I used this one just this morning!” The circle of boys immediately widened, and the student holding the long, snaky scope gingerly handed it back to Dr. Dimitroff, saying, “Oh, um, great.” Dr. Dimitroff then explained that the scopes are thoroughly cleaned between each patient, and that his practice has several scopes so that there’s no downtime while waiting for one to be cleaned and sterilized. The scope he brought is used to inspect the upper GI system; Dr. Dimitroff added that he had performed 12 colonoscopies just that morning.
The highlight of the class, though, came at the end. Dr. Dimitroff projected an x-ray that showed the torso of a man. Clearly visible in the man’s abdomen was a padlock. The boys were immediately intrigued. Building on this, Dr. Dimitroff showed scans of people who had swallowed a variety of foreign objects, including a fishhook, nail clippers, coins, a zipper and a toothbrush.
Many thanks to Dr. Dimitroff for sharing his time, knowledge and experience with our Form III Biology students. Priory welcomes experts in all fields to speak with our students. If you’re interested in presenting, please contact Dr. Bernie Kilcullen at email@example.com.