LEWISTON — “Star Trek Meets Grey’s Anatomy: Surgery in the 21st Century,”  the fourth installment of a six-part mini-medical school educational series sponsored by Central Maine Medical Center and the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute, will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at G65 Pettengill Hall, Bates College.

Jamie Loggins, M.D., of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, will discuss how the miniaturization of surgical devices, introduction of high dexterity instruments, improvements in optics and the use of robots make today’s operative suite quite different from the operating room of yesteryear. The innovations have resulted in “scarless” surgery.

His presentation will include a surgical technology demonstration and offer members of the audience the opportunity to participate in hands-on simulations of some minimally invasive surgical procedures using artificial models.

Loggins, a general surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery, is medical director of Central Maine Bariatric Surgery, a Central Maine Medical Group surgical practice.

A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., Loggins earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Other installments in the series include:

Nov. 3: “Health Reform and Public Health in Maine,” with Dora Anne Mills, M.D., director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nov. 10: “Better Care, Lower Cost,” with Edmund Claxton Jr., M.D., of the Central Maine Family Medicine Residency Program.

To register or for more information, call 795-8448 or e-mail prevention@cmhc.org. The programs are being presented at no charge. Interpreter services are available upon advance request.

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