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More Than Medicine | Edward McKay, Jr. (Surgical Technician)

More Than Medicine | Edward McKay, Jr. (Surgical Technician)


[MUSIC] I’m self-motivated. I’m determined. Once I have my mind focused
nothing can distract me. I’m open to learning new things. Willing to listen to anybody
who has common sense. I think being self-motivated
helps me at my job because I’m gonna keep working
to perfect whatever I’m doing. Like, if you give me a mission,
I’m gonna work as hard as I can to accomplish that, and I wanna
do whatever I’m doing better than anybody else
has done before me. [MUSIC] I started here at
Hopkins when I was 19. I was a year removed
from high school. I started out in
environmental services. I worked there for five and a half years before moving on to
become a surgical tech in the OR and I’ve been scrubbing now for
nine years. [MUSIC] I remember in the beginning when
I first started I used to go home at night and
study everything. I wanted to perfect my craft. I wanted to make sure that
I was not the weak link during the surgery. So I would study as soon
as I left the building. I would read my textbooks and go online and
look at the procedures.>>Coming to the operating room, doing some of the intense where
very delicate operations that we do in neurosurgery,
that makes it easy.>>He knows his job,
I know my job. When I come to the operating
room in the morning, I see that Ed’s gonna be in my room,
I just relax and I can focus.>>Working with each other
every day and doing the cases, same cases over and over for the past nine years I can pretty
much anticipate every step that he’s going to take
during this procedure.>>He trained here. He knows the Hopkins system,
it’s familial, it’s a family for him, it’s easy.>>I started working
here when I was 19, now I’ll be 34 at
the 25th of May. So I pretty much
have grown up here. I have a long standing
relationship with a lot of the doctors around here because
I met them early in their training and
now I watch them graduate. So it’s like watching
a child grow up. This position has opened
up a lot of doors for me. I’ve seen a lot and
I’ve done a lot. And I’m actually the one from
my neighborhood who actually made it out. So like all of my friends,
they took a different route. So whenever we see each other,
they hold me with high praise. It’s like I’m the golden child, I’m the only who actually made
it out of the neighborhood. There are some good
opportunities here. It’s up to the individuals
to take advantage of them. Hopkins is what you make it. If you come in, and
you have limited education, they got diploma programs. Then, if you wanna go to
college, and enter some program, you can move forward
with that after that. It’s like you will
both benefit from that. Like they get another person at
this position and you get a job. So it’s like you’re partners. It’s very rewarding to go
home and know that you helped save a life or you helped make
a child’s situation better. And this is every day, I don’t
take it for granted at all. [MUSIC] And I didn’t know nothing about
this when I was in environmental services. I was gonna make this work
no matter what it was. I could not pass up
that opportunity. My name is Edward McCann, Jr. I’m a surgical technician
here at Johns Hopkins. I promise that you will get
my undivided attention. There will be no distractions. I promise you the best health
care when I’m in the room. [MUSIC]

64 Replies to “More Than Medicine | Edward McKay, Jr. (Surgical Technician)”

  • Ed: Your presentation is inspirational and shows the passion and dedication you have for your ST career.  You can be so proud of your determination and your ability to do what it takes to excel. I really liked how JHH portrayed many levels of commitment:  to your career path, to your patients, and to the surgical team.  One of my ST program graduates sent the link to me and suggested that anyone considering the ST career path might find your story inspiring.  I know I did.  Nancy.  

  • SOOO PROUD TO CALL HIM A FRIEND!! THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME EDWARD HAS BEEN ROCOGNIZED!! Dr. Ben Carson himself was honored to have worked with such a Wonderful, Reliable, and Eager person!! Keep up the good work and continue to display your leadership skills.

  • Congratulations Ed ! Very inspiring video. Currently studying for my National Board of Surgical Tech Exam. Looking forward to viewing more of your tips. Thank you for your dedication to such a rewarding career.

  • what a good man!  i finish my ST program next week and i take my board exam end of this month. 

  • Ed as a good, experienced Surgical Tech and being so passionate about the career in itself. Why did you not pursue to become a Surgical Assistant? Especially with being so good as a  Surgical Tech, and Surgeons being so confident with your job performance.

  • I'm currently going to school for surgical tech. We have not gotten to the instruments yet and was wondering if they were difficult to learn? Also, before each surgery do you get a list of ALL the instruments you will need for the surgery so you can set them out and the order the surgeon will usually use them in?

  • This was very moving! I really appreciate this young brothaz intensity! He's amazing! Please see MY videos on a CST. I have worked with them as a PA. Peace! Dr.O the PA Pro 🤓

  • very Inspirational. I did housekeeping at LSU, in the surgery department. got fired from that job. went back to school for Medical Assistant. that didn't work out .went back to housekeeping .now I'm MOVITED to do Surgical Tech. it's something what I wanted to do for so long. and I will do it. GREAT VIDEO.

  • I loved the video, great effort ED Mckay. I'm starting medical school this fall as a minority and am motivated to bring this similar level of focus and dedication in what I am doing. Thanks for inspiring the people brother!

  • I had came across this video by accident, and I do spend alot of time watching inspirational videos like this. Because it keeps me extremely motivated in my current goals. I must say, this is the best inspirational story I have watch on youtube. This young black man is definitely a prodigy. Now, some people will be turn of to the fact that I mention "black man." I think it is essential who he is due to the fact of so many negative stereotype on young black man today. We need alot more young black men in the medical field, because we are grossly under representative in all areas in the medical field. I do not know you personally Ed McKay, but I will always pray for your success. I hope you go further in your career. God Bless You. Much love Sake Pase M.D.

  • Sorry not to bash this or anything, but I was really disappointed when I saw that it said surgical tech and not surgeon. He should be proud of himself, but I was really hoping that he was a surgeon

  • I start clinicals for my surgery tech program in a couple weeks. It's crazy to me that I'm so close to doing something I've wanted for some time now. Being in the program I started out with anyone of motivation but have lost a bit of it. This video and your personality have made my day and sparked me back up. You're very inspiring and professional and want to say thank you for being you.

  • Hi Edward, as I watched this inspirational video, I am touched to see that as a young man from poverty choose to overcome the obstacles and progress in life. You truly are an inspiration! and your hard work and dedication to be one of the best, payed off. 🙂

  • He's one of the coolest Preceptor i ever had when i was doing my Clinicals there in Hopkins! More Power to you Ed!

  • As a CST for 20 some years as a traveler across the country and neuro was by gig, I met some of the best people…
    Would have/love to meet you. I can tell your dedicated and skilled. Keep it up. Message me for a meeting.
    I’m looking to take the next step and create a base of CST’s that meet or exceed the job description. Thanks

  • I am really considering taking up this program. Can anyone tell me what I would be able to advance to tho? Like what would be my chances of advancing after becoming a surgical tech

  • John Hopkins saved my moms life! Working towards becoming a CST and working for John Hopkins and there bloodless medical team as well…you guys rock!!

  • I’m a recent graduate of surgical technology and he is such a n inspiration!!! And great motivator

  • This guy is awesome!! He helped me decide this is the career I want. I reached out to him personally for some help and he was actually able to help me with my goals, kudos to him!

  • Just started my ST program this week at age 33 and I've never been more excited to start a new career in an awesome field!

  • This was really great I am currently in the process of going back to school to become a surgical technician

  • Ever since high school I have always known in my heart that the medical field is where I want to retire. When I graduated high school I didn't quite want to go into college so as a stepping stone I got certified as a phlebotomist. I was the youngest student in my class but I worked hard to compete with the others. My teacher seen the dedication in me and while the other students were sent to do their clinicals in dr offices and small hospitals, my teacher sent me off to do my clinicals at one of the largest hospitals we had taking blood in a trauma center. After I finished my finals, my teacher pulled me aside and said "Stephen, you can go so much further than this, I recommend you go to the surgical tech program." I am now 21 and finishing my contract with the national guard with a deployment under my belt, and when I return I think the best decision for me that would make me the happiest is to go the surgical tech route.

  • This is inspiration to me because I want to be able to work in the operating room as a surgical tech. So is it possible for someone who works in the environmental service department can advance to something else?

  • So did he have to go back to school for the CST training? How did he start off in environmental services to becoming a surgical tech? Didn’t really explain that part

  • Such an inspiration. I want to be a surgical tech and this gives me more hope and motivation that I’ll make my dreams come true with hard work and dedication

  • Ed is a fantastic model to aspire to! He spoke our one of the Association of Surgical Technologists Maryland Delaware State Assembly meetings and knocked our socks of! www.mddesa.org Superb ST!!! We love you Ed. Hats off to all surgical technologists around the world!!! You Rock!!

  • Good for you! Be very proud of yourself in all of your amazing accomplishments. I'm going through the surg tech program at a community college and there are days I don't feel I'm accomplishing much. Watching this short video and hearing your mindset makes me want to focus more and be more motivated then ever to succeed.

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