Community members and students invited for an operating room sneak peak
ST. GEORGE, Utah, March 13, 2017 — Hidden away behind operating room doors, surgical technologists perform critical functions that many of us wouldn’t know about. This March, however, Dixie State University is bringing the field of surgical technology to light in a special open house for potential students and community members.
DSU’s Surgery Lab — modeled after a real operating room — will open on Monday, March 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Building. The open house will provide an opportunity for those interested in surgical technology to see and hear from professionals in the field as well as the program’s current students who will demonstrate hands-on skills required of professional surgical technologists.
“It’s a great opportunity to get a glimpse inside the operating room and meet the people behind the masks,” Kathy Snyder, DSU’s Surgical Technology Department chair, said. “Attendees come to not only understand the importance of surgical technologists, but also see the functions of this career.”
Students in DSU’s Surgical Technology program are taught to not only know the name and usage of the tools a surgeon will need, they are also required to know all the steps for every procedure and the anatomy involved so they can anticipate every move of the surgeon and make the surgery go as smoothly as possible.
“Even though patients are often unaware that we are there, surgical technologists are essential to the surgical team and are responsible for patient care, before, during and after surgery,” Snyder said. “There’s great satisfaction in knowing that although we may be unseen, we are a part of the team that makes a difference in patients’ lives.”
Attendees can choose their level of participation at the various stations where they will be taught simple skills, and both career information and academic advising will be available for those interested in the program.
DSU’s Surgical Technology program has an exceptional pass rate with 100 percent of DSU graduates passing the National Certifying Examination on their first attempt.
For more information on the Surgical Technology program, visit health.dixie.edu/surgical-technology.