Monthly Archives: October 2017

ARC/STSA Board Meeting Updates

Date posted: October 17th, 2017

The ARC/STSA Board of Directors held its fall meeting in September 2017. Programs will receive official notification of all actions in November 2017 via the Fall Notify. Here are a number of actions coming out of the meeting. Continue reading


Caring for Your New Baby: Or Congratulations, You’re a New Program Director!

Date posted: October 17th, 2017

It seems like just yesterday that I stepped into my new role as the director of a surgical technology program. Like many of you, I had been a clinician and had to adjust not only to teaching, but the administrative duties required of a program director. The way the program was designed at the time, a part-time instructor and I had the students in class or clinical 40 hours a week. It was hard to even conceive of doing the administrative duties. As a mother of young children, I worked 10 hours a day, then spent most evenings at the dining room table preparing my next day’s lessons. In spite of coming into a program that was established and well organized, I was totally exhausted. Why did I do it? I felt I had a calling. I enjoyed working with learners in the OR, I liked passing on my knowledge to others and helping them apply that knowledge. I also felt I had some leadership skills that would assist me in managing the program.  I had no idea of all the work involved, but in the long run it was worth it. It didn’t take long for my job to become my third “baby” that I nurtured, developed and loved just as I did my two sons.

So, how do you care for your new baby? And yourself? Continue reading


Engaging the Public Member

Date posted: October 17th, 2017

The Public Member for the Surgical Technology Program Advisory Committee (PAC) holds a duty to represent the interests of the patient that may come under the care of the surgical technologist, and therefore has a vested interest in the proper education of the surgical technologist for quality patient care. ARC/STSA member Connie Bell spoke with PAC member Joanne Schmidt to gain a deeper understanding th Continue reading


Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) – Sold Out

Date posted: October 3rd, 2017

At the Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators [AFE] Workshop and Beginner Site Visitor Training, offered from 8:00 am -5:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018 Designed for both new and seasoned program directors and instructors, the AFE Workshop will guide you through CAAHEP Standards so that your program is best able to take advantage of this highly respected accreditation.

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ARC/STSA Announces Director of Education Services

Date posted: October 3rd, 2017

The Accreditation Review Council on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) welcomes Christy Baily-Byers as the Director of Education Services beginning November 2017. In this role, Baily-Byers will be responsible for the development and delivery of accreditation-related education programs and outreach activities of the ARC/STSA, including marketing and constituent communications. Continue reading


ARC/STSA Announces Director of Education Services

Date posted: October 3rd, 2017

The Accreditation Review Council on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) welcomes Christy Baily-Byers as the Director of Education Services beginning November 2017. In this role, Baily-Byers will be responsible for the development and delivery of accreditation-related education … Continue reading