• 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...
  • The Paradigm Shift in Surgical Technology Education: Part I

    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? Continue Reading...
  • Hats Off to the Graduates: Shine a Spotlight on Your Students

    Is your graduating class unlike any other? Do they have unique interests or stories on which to shine a spotlight? The ARC/STSA knows your students are hard-working individuals, passionate about the surgical technology and surgical assisting professions and so much more – and we want to celebrate that. Send your photos or stories to the ARC/STSA Director of Education Services, Christy Baily-Byers, at christy.bailybyers@arcstsa.org, and you could be featured on ARC/STSA’s social media channels or website. Continue Reading...
  • Annual Report Launch Update

    The 2018 Annual Report launches May 1, 2018. Here are a few other important resources and deadlines. Continue Reading...
  • Think Outside the Book

    Think Outside the Book is a new series featuring creative teaching techniques. In this edition, Dr. Joseph B. Long, CST, FAST, Lead Faculty, Academic Team Leader Surgical Technology Program at Lansing Community College, shares his “Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down” project, which aimed to improve student cognitive retention and create an enjoyable learning experience.   Continue Reading...
  • AFE May Workshop: Last Chance in 2018

    On May 30, 2018, ARC/STSA will host the last Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop of 2018. New program directors are encouraged to join, especially if they have not yet attended an AFE Workshop. We spoke with Davina Foster, CST, RN, BSN, who attended the February AFE and graciously shared her impressions of the training experience. Continue Reading...
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