Ivy Tech students earn fifth place in national competition

Students in the Ivy Tech Community College Columbus surgical technology program recently earned a fifth-place ranking in the Scrub Bowl.

This national competition took place at the Association of Surgical Technologists 53rd National Conference.

The Ivy Tech students, Beth Torres of Seymour, Maggie Smith of Bargersville and Chloe Chambers of Columbus, attended the June conference in Chicago, Illinois, and represented the college on the Scrub Bowl team.

“The Scrub Bowl is a fun, spirit-filled competition of wits and surgical knowledge,” said Eddy Wenzel, program chairman of the Ivy Tech Columbus surgical technology program.

The conference brought more than 2,000 certified surgical technologists and surgical technology students together from across the country for three days of education seminars and lectures, learning about some of the most advanced operative technology and surgical practices available.

These students, part of the AST Association, participated in a half-day of student-focused seminars to help prepare them for their national certification exam and entry into the field post-graduation.

They were able to network with other students and employers as well as try some of the latest technology and equipment from suppliers across the nation.

In total, 169 students representing 65 different collegiate surgical technology programs from across the country attended the conference.