HARLINGEN — Genevieve Humphreys enjoyed the presentation Friday in which she learned more about surgical equipment.

Representatives from Intuitive Surgical spoke to students at the South Texas Academy for Medical Professions in Olmito about the da Vinci Xi System.

Reps brought a set-up of the system and made a presentation to students on its history and use for minimally-invasive surgeries.

Students had the opportunity to work with the robot during the presentations and experience first-hand what it would feel like to operate with it.

Dr. Rene Luna, an OBGYN, also presented to the students on his experience with the technology.

This elaborate piece of equipment, launched in 2014, is specially designed for minimally invasive surgery.

“Today, I was thinking about being a neurosurgeon,” said Genevieve, 14, a freshman at the Medical Academy.

“The first reason was that I was going to help people’s lives,” she said.

Pedro Benavides, 15, also found the presentation informative, especially the hands-on part.

“It was pretty fun to get to learn how to use the equipment,” he said.

The most important lesson, Genevieve said, was on the human element.

“I learned the most elemental lesson of being a surgeon is to be sympathetic to someone’s situation,” she said. “That’s the most important part of the process.”

What is the da Vinci system?

It enables surgeons to perform operations through a few small incisions and features several key features:

• Magnified vision system that gives surgeons a 3D HD view inside the patient’s body

• Ergonomically designed console where the surgeon sits while operating

• Patient-side cart where the patient is positioned during surgery

• Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand