Students Attend Association of Surgical Technologists State Assembly Meeting
Sep 17, 2012
On September 7th and 8th, surgical technology students Betty Carr and Eduardo Del Toro Batista from the Louisville Campus joined Program Director Stephanie Walker and Instructor Teresa Ray at the annual meeting of the Kentucky State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST). Stephanie serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky State Assembly of AST and she is involved in all aspects of the association including planning the annual meeting.
During the meeting Betty and Eduardo had the opportunity to attend sessions on surgical procedures, visit informational booths, and network with medical professionals and students from across the state. A certified surgical technologist (CST) certification test review was also held during the meeting for students who were in attendance. The certification is an important credential that employers look for when hiring surgical technologists so National students take the test as part of their program before graduation.
Eduardo came from Cuba in 1983 and is currently working as an interpreter for Family Health Centers. “Since I was in Cuba I’ve always wanted to work in the OR…and save people’s lives,” Eduardo said. He attended the meetings because he wants to take every opportunity to expand his knowledge of surgical procedures to be the best that he can be when he enters the field.
Betty, who is in her last term of her program, has joined AST as a student member. The association offers many benefits to students including discounts on membership and certification tests, scholarship opportunities, and information regarding employment opportunities.
“I was really looking forward to meeting techs in field and getting information from them,” said Betty who networked with surgical technologists and first assistants from many areas of specialty at the event. She said the certification review was very beneficial and she is glad to have had the opportunity to participate.
Students Eduardo Del Toro Batista (l) and Betty Carr (2nd from left) are pictured talking with representatives from a surgical products company at the annual meeting of the Kentucky State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists.
Medical: Surgical Technology - Associate's Degree (SRG)