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Tips for Navigating the Preceptor, Educator, Student Relationship

Preceptors play a critical role in the OR, helping ensure students are set up for success while learning on the job. Before a student sets foot in the OR, however, educators must also do their part and serve as a conduit between student and preceptor. The relationship among these individuals requires thoughtfulness, clear communication and an understanding of expectations.

We spoke with two preceptors to learn how educators can help prepare their students for a positive partnership with preceptors, as well as ways preceptors can support students in the OR.   Continue reading

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Think Outside the Box: Butcher Paper, Bubble Wrap and Powdered Lemonade

Many of our students struggle to use their imagination to visualize, understand and memorize information. While traditional teaching methods (books, PowerPoint presentations) have a place, they do not always help students retain information. My father was an “inventor” of sorts and taught me how to find extraordinary use for ordinary items. Over the years I have successfully used his outside-the-box mentality to bring new concepts to students. Here I’ll share a few ideas that have been fun for our students and helped them retain information.

So, what can be done with butcher paper, bubble wrap and powdered lemonade?  Continue reading

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A Global Perspective on the Surgical Profession

As a surgical technologist, I am constantly aware of the diversity of our patients. As an educator, I realize the diversity of the students I teach. As a citizen of the world, I understand how we must educate ourselves of the difference and similarities in people around the world.

This desire to be a global citizen has led me to seek out knowledge for my students. I want to know what happens in operating rooms and surgical suites around the world. Continue reading

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Associate Degree Update

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

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The Consistency and Reliability of a Surgical Assistant

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

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The Benefits of Becoming a Site Visitor

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

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Best Practices for Hitting the Mark on Retention

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

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ARC/STSA May AFE Workshop

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

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Congrats to ARC/STSA Scholarship Recipients

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

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Congrats to Initially Accredited Programs

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

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