Yearly Archives: 2018

2019 Scholarships – Apply Today!

Date posted: October 22nd, 2018

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the ARC/STSA 2019 Scholarship Program in service to the surgical technology and surgical assisting student and educator communities. 2019 Scholarship … Continue reading

ARC/STSA Now Accepting 2019 Scholarship Applications

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

ARC/STSA is pleased to announce the launch of our 2019 Scholarship Program, benefitting surgical technology and surgical assisting students and educators. Continue reading

Become an ARC/STSA Site Visitor

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the reviewing end of a site visit? Are you passionate about helping advance surgical assisting and surgical technology programs? Are you looking to improve your own program? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we encourage you to join the ARC/STSA Site Visitor Beginner/Refresher and Advanced Training sessions, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, during the Educators Conference in Tempe, AZ. Continue reading

Register for the AFE Workshop

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

Are you ready to make 2019 your best year yet? Don’t miss ARC/STSA’s newly expanded Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona. Continue reading

Soft Skills Need Sharpening?

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

Soft skills such as professionalism aren’t always taught in the classroom, but for students, they are a critical companion to the technical skills learned in the laboratory  and clinical rotations. We spoke with Paula Marentay, educational nurse coordinator at the University of Michigan Health System, to get her thoughts on the soft skills students should hone. Considering clinical rotations can be “a 12- to 13-week job interview,” as Marentay notes, it never hurts to keep these soft skills sharp. Here are a few tips for students, that educators can emphasize in the classroom. Continue reading

Site Visits: A Dual Perspective

Date posted: October 18th, 2018

In this article, Logan Threet, CST, Director of Surgical Technology at Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, shares his perspective on a site visit from the perspective of a program director, as well as an ARC/STSA Site Visitor team member. Learn how participating as a site visitor can help you learn new concepts for your own program, while helping advance the profession, as well. Continue reading

Associate Degree Update from the Executive Director

Date posted: August 13th, 2018

With the month of August upon us, surgical technology and surgical assisting educators are back on campus, student orientation is underway and classes are resuming.  It will be time for the graduating class of 2019 to walk across the stage and into their careers as surgical technologists and surgical assistants before we know it. August 1, 2018, marked three years until the recommended date of August 1, 2021, for Associate Degree (AD) implementation for surgical technology programs. As the date draws closer, the ARC/STSA is working with CAAHEP to initiate a surgical technology Standards and Guidelines review with possible revision moving into the next year. Continue reading

The Paradigm Shift in Surgical Technology Education: Part II

Date posted: August 13th, 2018

Technology – particularly, robotics – is becoming an integral part of surgery. While practices in the operating room rapidly advance, there is concern that classrooms are not keeping up. Realistically, however, program directors cannot invest in expensive equipment – so how can students be better prepared? 

In our May/June newsletter, we shared an educator’s perspective, from Dr. Joseph B. Long, CST, FAST, a lead faculty member at Lansing Community College. Now hear from John C. Springer, CST, lead surgical technologist in Head and Neck Surgery at Keck Hospital of USC, who weighs in with his 10 years of clinical experience and observations. Continue reading

Hats off to the Graduates! Your Students’ Stories, Continued

Date posted: August 13th, 2018

As the summer slowly comes to a close, we’d like to give one more shout-out to some of your recent graduates. Highlighted below are a few of the stories we received, as told by the graduates themselves. These students have overcome fear and personal challenges, while rising to the top. We applaud their dedication and are happy to welcome them into the profession. Continue reading

Think Outside the Book: Trauma Alert

Date posted: August 13th, 2018

Think Outside the Book is a series that features creative teaching techniques. In this edition, Crystal Warner, dean of surgical technology at Zenith Education Group, shares how she keeps her students prepared for anything – in real-time, at any time. Continue reading