New Surgical Technologist Joins Cardiac Team at Johns Hopkins
Sep 17, 2012
Roy Wood graduated in May from the Harrisonburg Campus with an associate’s degree from the surgical technology program. Two months later he was packing up his family – 2 year old daughter, Asra, and expectant wife, Natalia – and moving to Baltimore, Maryland to join the cardiac team at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Roy began his journey with National College two years ago. He always knew he wanted to be in the medical field but it took some research for him to discover his interest in surgical technology. “I wanted to learn every skill set that would help me achieve my goals that are also in line with the needs of the patient.”
A significant part of the surgical program is clinical time and Roy had some great opportunities. He spent time at Children’s Medical Center (CMC) in Washington D.C. and his supervisors spoke highly of him. Oscar, a tech at CMC stated, “Most students…don’t even know how to put a gown on. He came in and went right to work.” For his externship, Roy worked at Inova Alexandria Hospital where he was able to participate in total joint replacements. He was offered a job at Alexandria but turned it down in hopes of another opportunity. He said, “If I have to move my family, I want Johns Hopkins.”
Roy began his new job at Johns Hopkins on August 6th and he loves what he does. “I value every skill at my disposal,” he said. “I would like to enhance every skill that would improve me as a [surgical technologist].” Since moving to Baltimore, Roy has welcomed his son, Mateo Alexander.
Medical: Surgical Technology - Associate's Degree (SRG)