• News from the ARC/STSA Home Front

    2017 was a year full of transitions at the ARC/STSA office, all focused on improved services to our programs and students, as well as expanding accreditation and education offerings to our communities of interest. With changes in staffing and a realignment of responsibilities, let’s revisit who’s who at the ARC/STSA and the primary services they provide for you. Continue Reading...
  • A Rising Trend: Social Media as a Learning Tool for Surgeons

    Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review reported on the increasing trend of surgeons leveraging social media to enhance their skills and share knowledge with others. As the surgical field grows in size and complexity, those in the profession are no longer relying on conferences and informal hallway conversations alone. And while the advent of online discussion forums is nothing new to medical professionals across the board, the pervasive nature and ease of access of social media is undeniable, making it an ideal choice for peer-to-peer learning. Continue Reading...
  • The Transition to the Associate Degree: If you can, why would you not?

    Transitioning to an associate degree program can increase credibility and open doors for graduates. Learn how Kevin Craycraft helped pioneer this transition for Bluegrass Community and Technical College, with Kentucky Community & Technical College System. Continue Reading...
  • Scholarship Announcements

    Apply Now for the ARC/STSA Scholarship Program. The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the ARC/STSA 2018 Scholarship Program in service to the surgical technology and surgical assisting student and educator communities Continue Reading...
  • ARC/STSA Board Meeting Updates

    The ARC/STSA Board of Directors held its fall meeting in September 2017. Programs will receive official notification of all actions in November 2017 via the Fall Notify. Here are a number of actions coming out of the meeting. Continue Reading...
  • Caring for Your New Baby: Or Congratulations, You’re a New Program Director!

    It seems like just yesterday that I stepped into my new role as the director of a surgical technology program. Like many of you, I had been a clinician and had to adjust not only to teaching, but the administrative duties required of a program director. The way the program was designed at the time, a part-time instructor and I had the students in class or clinical 40 hours a week. It was hard to even conceive of doing the administrative duties. As a mother of young children, I worked 10 hours a day, then spent most evenings at the dining room table preparing my next day’s lessons. In spite of coming into a program that was established and well organized, I was totally exhausted. Why did I do it? I felt I had a calling. I enjoyed working with learners in the OR, I liked passing on my knowledge to others and helping them apply that knowledge. I also felt I had some leadership skills that would assist me in managing the program.  I had no idea of all the work involved, but in the long run it was worth it. It didn’t take long for my job to become my third “baby” that I nurtured, developed and loved just as I did my two sons. So, how do you care for your new baby? And yourself? Continue Reading...
  • Engaging the Public Member

    Engaging the Public MemberThe Public Member for the Surgical Technology Program Advisory Committee (PAC) holds a duty to represent the interests of the patient that may come under the care of the surgical technologist, and therefore has a vested interest in the proper education of the surgical technologist for quality patient care. ARC/STSA member Connie Bell spoke with PAC member Joanne Schmidt to gain a deeper understanding th Continue Reading...
  • Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) – Sold Out

    At the Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators Workshop and Beginner Site Visitor Training, offered from 8:00 am -5:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018 Designed for both new and seasoned program directors and instructors, the AFE Workshop will guide you through CAAHEP Standards so that your program is best able to take advantage of this highly respected accreditation. Continue Reading...
  • ARC/STSA Announces Director of Education Services

    The Accreditation Review Council on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) welcomes Christy Baily-Byers as the Director of Education Services beginning November 2017. In this role, Baily-Byers will be responsible for the development and delivery of accreditation-related education programs and outreach activities of the ARC/STSA, including marketing and constituent communications. Continue Reading...
  • ARC/STSA Announces Director of Education Services

    The Accreditation Review Council on Education for Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) welcomes Christy Baily-Byers as the Director of Education Services beginning November 2017. In this role, Baily-Byers will be responsible for the development and delivery of accreditation-related education programs and outreach activities of the ARC/STSA, including marketing and constituent communications. Baily-Byers previously served as the manager of training and distance education development for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, where she developed and led training for more than 600 peer accreditation evaluators, 400 institutions, and the ABHES Commission and staff. She created standards and assessment procedures for distance education and advanced degree programs; and, conducted readiness reviews and team visits for institutions. Baily-Byers served as a faculty member at Southern Methodist University, Texas Woman’s University, the University of Hartford and the University of Memphis for 16 years collectively. She has developed and taught residential and online courses in business management, journalism, public relations and communication. While at SMU, Baily-Byers was presented with the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award and the Public Relations Society of America’s national Teahan Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor. Additionally, she led Baily-Byers Communications, a public relations and management consulting firm specializing in business communications for nonprofits, corporations, municipalities and federal government agencies. Prior to founding Baily-Byers Communications, she headed the public affairs department for Nova Southeastern University. Baily-Byers earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Delaware and her MBA from Nova Southeastern University. She is A.P.R certified by the Public Relations Society of America. The ARC/STSA is a private, not-for-profit accreditation body that in conjunction with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredits surgical technology and surgical assisting programs throughout the United States. The ARC/STSA is jointly sponsored and supported by the Association of Surgical Technologists and the American College of Surgeons. Continue Reading...
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