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Student Spotlight: Danielle Newland

Danielle Odstrcilek

Danielle Newland
Major: Surgical Technology

Danielle (Odstrcilek) Newland enjoys being part of the team that keeps you safe during surgery.

As part of her training in College of DuPage’s Surgical Technology program, Newland completed three clinical rotations — at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Rush Medical Center in Chicago and Hinsdale Hospital — along with classroom and lab instruction before earning her Surgical Technology certificate in December 2011.

“It was a very intense program. COD instructors did a great job preparing us for what it will be like,” she said, adding that one of her Gottlieb preceptors, a graduate of the COD program, served as a mentor and an inspiration. “She showed me that it’s possible.”

After carefully researching her options, Newland decided on a health care career that not only piques her interest in anatomy and physiology, but also challenges her in a variety of ways.

“Surgical techs are the surgeon’s right hand. We prep the operating room, check the supplies, pass the instruments and make sure the environment is sterile,” she explained. “We have to be conscious of what we’re doing all the time.”

More about the Surgical Technology program