PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College surgical technology program is now home to an anesthesia machine and three additional medical scopes thanks to Bayshore Medical Center.
Surgical technology students benefit from such medical equipment donations to prepare for their clinical rotations, which begin as early as their first semester at San Jacinto College. The anesthesia machine helps to add to a realistic operating room setting, while the medical scopes are devices that program graduates might use throughout their careers.
"Everything that we see and use in class is what we're seeing and using in the field for our clinicals," said Dorothy Mitchell, surgical technology student. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mitchell already has previous medical work experience. She decided to enroll in college for an associate degree and is completing her clinical rotation at The Woman's Hospital of Texas. "Donations like this are very important to us as students because they allow us to train on equipment that we'll be working with in the field. I would say 99 percent of what I am seeing at the hospital is what we have already learned about in this program."
Catherine Yendell, program director for surgical technology at San Jacinto College, said equipment donations are key to a successful program. It's imperative, especially for such a high demand field as surgical technology. The Texas Workforce Commission projects a 40 percent employment growth, in just the Texas Gulf Coast region alone, for surgical technologists by 2022.
"These donations allow our students the hands-on training they need to work successfully in this field," said Yendell. "Bayshore Medical Center is a very big donor of ours. We couldn't provide this training without our donors."
For more information about the San Jacinto College surgical technology program, visit sanjac.edu/career/surgical-technology.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.