The ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology and surgical assisting programs for receiving initial accreditation in 2018. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach an important milestone.
The holidays are right around the corner, and there’s no better gift to give yourself than that of a scholarship. We are continuing to accept applications for our 2019 Scholarship Program, benefitting surgical technology and surgical assisting students and educators.
Calling all interested program directors! We are looking for individuals to join the ARC/STSA Site Visitor team and help advance the profession. You’ve likely undergone a site visit for your own program – maybe even recently. Now is the time to give back by becoming a site visitor. We encourage you to join the ARC/STSA Site Visitor Beginner/Refresher and Advanced Training sessions, on February 8, 2018, during the Educators Conference in Tempe, Arizona.
Teaching post-secondary vocational education is exciting, rewarding and challenging. An increase in multiple generations enrolled in the same class can challenge educators to reach and support each generation effectively; however, technology can serve as the bridge to connect the generations.
Choosing to become a surgical technology or surgical assisting student comes with the understanding that academic, professional and personal challenges lie ahead – as well as a great deal of support. At the end of the day, programs want their students to succeed. It becomes a true community effort, with layers of support that go beyond program directors and instructors.
When I arrived in Alaska four-and-a-half years ago, there was no chapter for the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), no surgical technologist program, and no real requirement for surgical technologists to be or become certified. Since this time, we have had major changes in our community of surgical technologists, including the formation of the Alaska State assembly. Initially the Assembly consisted of only officer positions and a few board of director roles. Today, all board positions are full and we have an attendance of around 30 for our workshop and meeting.