Clinical rotations are a key component of each surgical technology student’s program at American National University, providing a hands-on experience in the operating room that no textbook could replicate. Clinicals also provide an unparalleled opportunity for an upcoming graduate to prove themselves to a potential employer, as did $$Florence Campus graduate Diana Fahey, who performed part of her clinical rotation at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center and was recently hired by the practice after impressing clinical director Vanessa Hinsdale with her skills and strong work ethic.
“You have to make that impression when you’re in your location,” said Vanessa, also a American National University graduate, who now supervises students during their clinicals at the practice. “All of us that work here [who graduated] from National did some part of our training here. [At National, they] always stress in class that you treat your clinical site and your externship as if they’re a job.”
[img]At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, Diana serves as a first assistant to the surgeons, working by their side in the operating room as they perform rhinoplasty, face lifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, chin implants, and other procedures. She also assists in recovery and during post-operative consults, as well as with instrument sterilization.
Diana first enrolled at American National University in 2006, but was temporarily sidetracked from her program when she took some time off after her son was born. Determined to get her degree, she returned to American National University in 2013, and picked up where she left off. She studied hard and made every effort to become the best surgical technologist possible, proving herself not only during her externship, but also by passing the exam to become certified in her field. Although Diana has had some setbacks along the way, she’s proud that she persevered and accomplished her dream of working in the OR.
I’m a single mom; I did it by myself. I’m very proud of that,” said Diana. “It was a lot of hard work, and it finally paid off.”
A– $$Florence Campus graduate Diana Fayhey became certified as a surgical technologist and was hired by Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center after performing part of her clinical rotations in the practice.
B– Diana Fayhey (center) is shown with fellow American National University alum Vanessa Hinsdale (left), who now works as clinical director of Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, and double board certified surgeon, Dr. Jon Mendelsohn (right).
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