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Medical Assistant Transitions into the OR



Dec 09, 2014

Kati Lopes had a successful career working as a medical assistant for Providence Medical Group, but after twelve years with the practice she decided that she’d like to expand her skill base. Surgery had always fascinated Kati, so she enrolled in the surgical technology program at the Dayton Area Campus.  

In her program, Kati gained hands-on experience during clinical rotations in the operating room at Highland District Hospital. “To me, the externship was the focal point. It was fun,” she recalled. “I watched surgery and participated in a bunch of different surgeries. The lab is good, but actually being there where there are patients, it’s completely different.”

At the end of her program, Kati passed the exam to become a certified surgical technologist, and today, she assists the physicians at Providence Medical Group during outpatient surgeries in the Providence Surgery Center. “I love my job,” she said with a smile.

Kati Lopes earned her associate's degree at the Dayton Area Campus and became a certified surgical technologist after working as a medical assistant for twelve years.

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