Yearly Archives: 2019

Associate Degree Update

Date posted: June 18th, 2019

As presented in the April 2019 ARC/STSA eNewsletter, the Board of Directors approved the following language related to Standard I. A. – Sponsorship of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology. Continue reading


The Consistency and Reliability of a Surgical Assistant

Date posted: June 18th, 2019

The certified surgical assistant is a position that is quite unique to the surgical specialty, especially as most institutions utilize physician assistants (PA) or registered nurse first assistants (RNFA). Yet the history and importance of surgical assistants at Mayo Clinic, as well as other institutions, cannot be understated. Continue reading


The Benefits of Becoming a Site Visitor

Date posted: June 18th, 2019

The purpose of a site visit is to help assess and improve the quality of programs and student outcomes. But it can also be a time for site visitors to learn and have their own a-ha moments. Continue reading


Best Practices for Hitting the Mark on Retention

Date posted: June 18th, 2019

While a number of factors can cause low retention rates, it’s important for instructors to be proactive. Instructors should meet students halfway and ensure they are taking the right steps to provide the tools and support students need to succeed, as well as create a environment students will want to enroll in and return to. If your program is having difficulty with retention rates, consider these ideas. Continue reading


ARC/STSA May AFE Workshop

Date posted: June 18th, 2019

ast month, ARC/STSA held the second Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop of 2019. Approximately 75 program directors, faculty and administrative professionals gathered in National Harbor, Maryland, for a full day of education and networking. Continue reading


Congrats to ARC/STSA Scholarship Recipients

Date posted: June 18th, 2019

ARC/STSA is proud to announce recipients of the 2019 scholarship awards. This year, 10 students and one educator were awarded a total of $6,000 in combined scholarships. Hear from the recipients about their unique journeys, what excites them about entering the profession and what’s on their horizons. Continue reading


Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

Date posted: June 18th, 2019

ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology programs for receiving initial accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach an important milestone. Continue reading


A Report from the ARC/STSA Executive Director

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

At the March 2019 meeting of the ARC/STSA, the Board of Directors approved the following language related to Standard I. A. – Sponsorship of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology. Continue reading


Safety in Numbers: The Power of Surgical Technologists in the Operating Room

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

Consenting to surgery is a leap of faith for patients and families. Knowing that a team of strangers will take you or a loved one away, into a room, put you to sleep and cut into you, is undoubtedly a harrowing experience. I am humbled and honored every day to have patients and families that entrust us to do this. I am confident in our ability to warrant that trust because of the team I am so lucky to work with. I often say that the surgeon is like the quarterback—lots of press, interviews and awards—but the surgical team is like the offensive line—the ones who do most of the hard lifting and drive the success of the team. Continue reading


A Special Thank You to 2 ARC/STSA Board Members

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

In a recent Board of Directors meeting, the ARC/STSA honored two board members, ARC/STSA President Dr. Cynthia Casparis and Dorothy Rothgery, for their service to the organization. Dr. Casparis and Ms. Rothgery both served two terms, and their tenure ends in June 2019. ARC/STSA is grateful for the time, talent and knowledge they each brought to help move the organization forward. Continue reading