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Surgical Tech Success Newsletter, for
September 01, 2005

In the last newsletter we talked about making a career in surgery.

Today, I'd like to tell you a little about another very common subject when it comes to being a surgical tech.

~The subject: "How am I ever going to remember all of this stuff"...

Microbiology, anatomy & physiology, sterile technique, surgical procedures, medical terminology, and one of the biggest concerns -the instruments-.

Believe me, I know how you feel.

I was a borderline student in college and when I got into surgical tech school, I was extremely worried.

I would constantly ask myself "How could anybody possibly remember all of this stuff..??.."

Well, first of all, without getting into the physiology of brain function, let me just say this, your brain is an amazing muscle.

I say muscle because if you don't exercise it, it will get lazy and become unproductive.

But the wonderful thing about our brains is the ability to continue to fill it with more and more and more stuff...

Most people only use a small and I mean very small percentage of their brain power.

Listen, instead of thinking to yourself, "how am I going to learn or remember all of this stuff", tell yourself that you will learn something new everyday.

Tell yourself you will get this!

I know that sounds simple, and you know what IT IS! Your brain will respond to exactly what you tell it.

If you tell yourself that you'll never get the instruments and the procedures and the sterile technique, etc, you are programming your brain to fail.

I know there is a lot to learn in surgical tech school. Hey, I was trained in the military where I had 3 instructors watching me scrub and jumping on me for any little mistake. Talk about nerve racking.

AND like I said I was a borderline student in college.

BUT, I decided I wasn't going to fail and kept telling myself that I would get this.

I will remember those instruments!

I will learn the anatomy!

I will learn the microbiology!

I will remember those procedures!

I will get this sterile technique down!

Eventually, I graduated number 1 in my class and was awarded a military honor graduate award. Wow, and I thought I was a bad student~ :)

You know something, EVERYBODY goes through the same thought process when it comes to learning something new.

First it's exciting, then it looks like hard work, then it looks like you can't get it, then you just want to quit.


If I can do it, you can do it!!!

Believe in yourself, talk to your instructors about your concerns, and just don't give up.

You will get through tech school and then you'll be amazed at the incredible opportunities being a surgical tech will bring into your life.

Talk to your instructors about any concerns. They are surgical experts and can relate to just about any feeling you have about "getting it".

Also, one of the best resources for "newbies" in and around surgery is the

Pocket Guide to the Operating Room.

You can find it at our website:

There is also an excellent list of Surgical Tech Books on the same page.

Stay positive, ask questions, study hard, and keep learning. That's the solid foundation to build from and work your way into becoming an expert in surgery.

Until next time~

Your friend,


p.s. If you haven't already gotten your copy of the Surgical Tech Success handbook and Fre'e bonuses, go to: for an instant download.

p.s p.s. Read what a student recently had to say:

Thank you for having this available for people like me who are just getting into this field. You have provided me with answers to a lot of questions. Thank you! Charles F. Surgical Technology Student

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