Public Affairs Associate
Park Slope, NY – October 1, 2010 – New York Methodist Hospital’s Center for Allied Health Education will open a School of Surgical technology in October 2010. The program will entail one year of coursework. Graduates will receive a certificate in surgical technology. Through a partnership with Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Online College Programs, students at the School of Surgical Technology can also earn college credits towards an associate’s degree in allied health.
“The School of Surgical Technology represents the latest addition to New York Methodist Hospital’s allied health educational offerings,” said Jerry Rozenberg, director of NYM’s Center for Allied Health Education.
Surgical technologists are health professionals whose primary duty is to assist surgeons during operations and procedures. Their duties may range from setting up surgical equipment trays and passing instruments, to helping the surgeon with suturing and retraction of tissues.
During an operation, a surgical technologist’s duties are divided into three phases of patient and surgical care management: preoperative case management, intraoperative case management and postoperative case management. Preoperative case management includes duties such as preparing the OR, gathering the necessary instruments and supplies, counting out the necessary items, and assisting the surgical team as they enter into the sterile field.
In the intraoperative phase, the surgical technologist passes instruments and equipment to the surgeon as needed, takes care of specimens, prepares medications and assists with dressings. Postoperative management involves maintaining the sterile field until the patient is transported, removing used instruments, caring for and maintaining the equipment, and preparing the OR for the next patient. The vast majority of surgical technologists work in hospitals, and in stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers.
“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to add the School of Surgical Technology to our Center for Allied Health,” Errol Hankin, senior vice president at NYM. “Trained surgical technologists are much needed at hospitals and other surgical facilities.”
For additional information and an application, please contact the Center for Allied Health Education at 718 645-3500 or go to www.nym.org and click on “For Health Professionals,” and then click on “Allied Health Education.”