Orients students to the clinical environment and provides experience with basic skills necessary to the
surgical technologist. Topics include, but are not limited to: scrubbing, gowning, gloving, and draping;
assistance with patient care; processing of instruments and supplies; maintenance of a sterile field; and
environmental sanitation. In addition, introduces the development of surgical team participation through clinical
experience. Emphasis is placed on observation and/or participation in routine procedures for core and specialty
surgery. Topics include: general surgery (to include gastrointestinal), cardiothoracic surgery,
otorhinolaryngologic surgery (ENT), ophthalmic surgery (Eye), genitourinary surgery, neurological surgery,
obstetrical and gynecological surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic surgery, peripheral vascular
surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and procurement/transplant surgery. The total number of cases the
student must complete is 120. Students are required to complete 30 cases in the General Surgery specialty. Twenty
of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role. Students are required to complete 90 cases in various surgical
specialties. Sixty of the cases must be in the First Scrub Role and evenly distributed between a minimum of 5
surgical specialties. However, 15 is the maximum number of cases that can be counted in any one surgical
specialty. Diagnostic endoscopy cases and vaginal delivery cases are not mandatory, but up to 10 diagnostic
endoscopic cases and 5 vaginal delivery cases can be counted toward the maximum number of Second Scrub Role cases.
Cases that are in the Observation role must be documented but do not count towards the minimum of 120 total cases.