Surgical Program Celebrates 40 Years

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COLUMBIA - The surgical program at the Columbia Area Career Center celebrated 40 years of teaching students to assist medical surgeons Thursday. But as coordinator Jane Klick puts it, most people would never know.

"We're the best kept secret in Columbia," Klick said. "We are actually a pretty important program. As medicine has evolved, the equipment and assistants have too so it's really important to have trained people in the operating room."

The a year-long program is designed to prepare students before they step foot in the operating room. Klick said that wasn't the case 40 years ago.

"It used to be that people would just be thrown in to a live operating room and they wouldn't have the first clue what they were doing," Klick said. "By teaching and preparing them for a year, a lot of lives have probably been saved."

The program will hold a party at the Columbia Area Career Center at 5:30 this evening.