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Students Participate in Association of Surgical Technologists State Assembly



Oct 27, 2014

Students from the surgical technology program at the Florence Campus recently traveled to Louisville for the Association of Surgical Technologists’ (AST) 10th Annual Kentucky State Assembly. According to the National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), there are 50,511 Certified Surgical Technologists (CST) in the nation and of those, approximately 1,075 are in Kentucky. 

The annual conference offers educational programs and networking opportunities. This year’s workshops included: TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion), surgical site infections, NBSTSA certification, brain tumors, professionalism, career ladder, surgical time out procedures, and perception and how to get along with others.  Mock Medical, a company that provides training and educational surgical instrument kits to surgical technology programs, also had r hands-on demonstrations available for the Assembly’s participants.

Surgical technology student Cheryl Marksberry, said that the conference was an excellent experience. “Hearing from several surgeons lead to an eye opener for avenues to research for future endeavors,” Cheryl said. “Presentations given by future fellow surgical technologists were an excellent resource on what to expect in the OR.”

“Dr. Sun discussed the procedure to operate when a brain tumor is present,” said instructor Alice Spencer.  “This allowed students to further understand the importance of knowing medical terminology,” she explained.

Surgical technology students from the Florence Campus are shown at the AST Kentucky State Assembly that was recently held in Louisville.

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