• A Report from the ARC/STSA Executive Director

    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

    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

    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...
  • Board of Directors Applications due May 31, 2019

    ARC/STSA Seeks Board of Directors Applicants Academic Administrator and Public Member Positions Open Terms Beginning September 2019 The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is seeking nominations for two positions on its Board of Directors. Nominations are open immediately for an academic administrator and a public member, with terms beginning September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2022. The ARC/STSA board meets four times a year, twice in person (March/September) and twice via digital conferencing (July/December). Please click button below to review descriptions of the open board positions. To nominate an interested, qualified candidate or self-apply, please send a cover letter that includes a description of qualifications along with a résumé /curriculum vitae by Friday, May 31, 2019, to Executive Director Ronald Kruzel at info@arcstsa.org. Please contact Mr. Kruzel at info@arcstsa.org with any questions. Continue Reading...
  • Register for the Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop

    ARC/STSA’s next AFE Workshop is right around the corner! Don’t miss your chance to refresh your skills and connect with peers who are facing the same triumphs and challenges. Continue Reading...
  • ARC/STSA Policy Changes

    The ARC/STSA Board of Directors recently met and voted on policy updates that will be implemented beginning in 2020. Below is a brief update on the changes. Continue Reading...
  • Finding the Right Fit: Advice for Students, From a Student

    Sarah Galbraith is a surgical technology student at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, and is quickly approaching graduation. But not long ago, she was a prospective student, applying to the surgical technology program and learning new things along the way. In this interview, Sarah shares many aspects of her program from which she has benefitted, as well as advice for prospective students starting their own application journey. Continue Reading...
  • Congrats to 50 Years of Excellence, AST!

    ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) on 50 years of quality care and excellence in the field of surgical technology. Continue Reading...
  • St. Philip’s College Surgical Technology Program Celebrates 50 Years

    This month, we talked to St. Phillip’s College, whose surgical technology program is also celebrating 50 years. Learn more in this Q&A from Jessica Garza, CST, surgical technology program director, and Raquel Farias, department chair. Continue Reading...
  • The Critical Role of Surgical Technologists and Surgical Assistants

    As the landscape for surgery and hospital administration continues to evolve, surgical technologists and assistants are becoming increasingly integral in the operating room (OR). They allow the surgeon to perform to the best of their ability and for the surgery to run smoothly. Without them, surgeons would struggle with every aspect of the case, from the initial incision to the last stitch. Continue Reading...
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