• Associate Degree Update from the Executive Director

    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

    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

    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

    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...
  • Janice Lovekamp and Karyn Songer Join the ARC/STSA Board of Directors

    The ARC/STSA is pleased to welcome Janice Lovekamp, BS, CST, CSFA, CSPDT, FAST and Karyn Songer, AS, CST, FAST, to its Board of Directors. Each will hold a three-year term concluding in December 2021. Continue Reading...
  • New Staff Member: Welcome, Erin Monroy!

    We are pleased to announce that Erin Monroy has joined the ARC/STSA team as an accreditation specialist. Erin comes to the ARC/STSA with an extensive background in administration, including serving as a department head in Western States Fire Protection’s corporate office in Centennial, Colorado. Continue Reading...
  • Registration Now Open – AFE Workshop and Site Visitor Training

    Register online today for the Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop, taking place Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in conjunction with the Educators Conference in Tempe, Arizona. In addition to clarifying the Standards and Guidelines and Standards Interpretive Guides (SIGs), this newly expanded AFE will provide guidance on how to maintain accreditation – including differentiating between substantive and nonsubstantive program changes, how to respond to Findings Letters and how to prepare your team for an On-Site Evaluation. Continue Reading...
  • Hats Off to the Graduates

    In our last newsletter, we asked you to shine a spotlight on your graduates. Highlighted below are some stories we received, as told by the graduates themselves. These students have overcome fear, gone back to school for the first time in a decade and dealt with personal health issues – all while rising to the top. Their journeys are inspirational, and we are proud to welcome them into the profession. Continue Reading...
  • Moving Forward Together: Collaborative, Hands-On Learning at AFE Workshop

    On May 30, 2018, 70 surgical technology and surgical assisting educators gathered at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida, for the second and final Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop of 2018. Continue Reading...
  • Congrats to the ARC/STSA 2018 Scholarship Recipients

    This year, the ARC/STSA Board of Directors awarded $6,000 in scholarships to 10 students and one educator. Hear from recipients about their paths to success, what the scholarship means to them and their plans for future professional development. Continue Reading...
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