National Surgical Technology Week Observed General, Health Professions National Surgical Technology Week Observed Students to participate in mock operating room, practicing basic surg tech skills Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Ruthie Counter | 0 Parkland College invites the public to see what is going on in its Surgical Technology program. The college will observe National Surgical Technology Week (September 16–22) with open houses on Tuesday, September 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in Room L143. During the open houses, Surgical Technology students participate in a mock operating room, wearing their surgical gowns and practicing basic surgical technology skills. Surg Tech faculty will be on hand to answer questions. The Parkland College program has been recognized with a Certificate of Merit for a 100-percent pass rate on the national exam given to all program graduates each summer. Surgical technologists are the only formally trained students prepared to work in the operating room upon graduation. The Certified Surgical Technologist is responsible for providing an optimal surgical environment for the patient. Primarily, in the scrub role, the surgical technologist functions in a sterile capacity during the surgical procedure but also performs many nonsterile duties throughout the day. A shortage exists for surgical technologists, and employment opportunities are excellent, according to Janice Grewatz, Surgical Technology program director. To learn more about the program, contact Grewatz at firstname.lastname@example.org 217/373-3746.