- Three students from Des Moines Area Community College won the annual AST Scrub Bowl competition at the Association of Surgical Technology’s 2023 National Surgical Technology Conference in Chicago. The Scrub Bowl tests students’ knowledge across a variety of categories related to surgical technology.
- The winning team consisted of Kara Simmons and Ashlee Howard, with Nalessa Narayan as the alternate. They were accompanied by John Hadley and Joyce Cunningham, professors in the DMACC Surgical Technology Program.
- The DMACC Surgical Technology Program provides high-quality education and training opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in surgical technology or any other field.
In a remarkable demonstration of surgical precision and teamwork, the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Surgical Tech Team’s local student has clinched the National Champion title against fierce contenders from across the country.
The competition, which was held in Orlando, Florida, tested the students’ proficiency in handling complex surgical instruments, carrying out intricate procedures, and responding to unexpected challenges in the operating room.
Despite the intense pressure and close scrutiny of the judges, the DMACC surgical tech team’s local student, whose name has not been released to the press, remained unruffled and performed flawlessly throughout the competition. The team’s excellent communication skills, strategic thinking, and ability to respond to change with agility also contributed to their remarkable victory.
Commenting on the win, DMACC Surgical Tech Team’s faculty coach stated, “We are extremely proud of our team’s achievements. Winning this competition not only demonstrates their technical abilities but also their capacity to work collaboratively and uphold the highest standards of patient care. This national title is a testament to their dedication and hard work.”
The DMACC Surgical Tech Team’s winning streak is testimony to the quality and professionalism of the institution’s surgical technology program. DMACC’s two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students to work as integral members of the surgical team, making a difference in the lives of patients every day.
The DMACC community and the local medical fraternity are beaming with pride at this momentous achievement and looking forward to the continued success of the DMACC Surgical Tech Team.