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Students Earn 2nd Place in National Championship

Students Earn 2nd Place Honors in National Surgical Technologists Championship

(Conway, SC) 6/8/2022

Students standing with a trophy

(left to right) Surgical Technology Team Members Bryana Carrera, Callie Metts, Nayana Pires display their 2nd place National Trophy.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is proud to announce Surgical Technology students were awarded 2nd Place national honors in the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Scrub Bowl Championship held at the 52nd Annual AST Surgical Technology Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana June 2-4, 2022.

HGTC Surgical Technology students competed against other technical colleges and community colleges from across the nation. Students were required to hit their buzzers and answer questions in a matter of seconds about Surgical Pharmacology, Anatomy, Microbiology, Aseptic Technique, Sterile Technique, Law and Consents, Surgical Procedures, Instrumentation, Preoperative, Intraoperative, and Postoperative Technique. HGTC was a fierce competitor and the difference in the lead between the first and second place came down to the final five-point question. Holmes Community College in Mississippi took the first-place prize with 170 points, HGTC secured the second-place prize with 165 points, and Nassau Community College in New York achieved the third-place position.

“The event was so close as our team kept scoring for the lead.  We were on the edge of our seats the entire time hoping for the win. We are extremely pleased with the performance of our students and these outstanding results at a national competition,” said Erin Ivey, AASCST, FAST; HGTC Assistant Chair and Professor of Surgical Technology.

HGTC’s Associate in Applied Science Surgical Technology degree prepares skilled students to enter the healthcare environment as surgical technologists. Graduates work with other healthcare members, performing duties vital for surgical patient safety and care during operative procedures, such as preparing and maintaining sterile fields; passing instruments, sutures, and sponges; and functioning as a key part of the surgical team. Students are trained in aseptic techniques, medical-equipment nomenclature, and human anatomy for the operating room. HGTC's Surgical Technology program provides students with classroom study, laboratory practice, and clinical experience.