Monthly Archives: April 2019

A Report from the ARC/STSA Executive Director

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

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

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

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

Date posted: April 18th, 2019

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

Date posted: April 15th, 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 … Continue reading

Register for the Accreditation Fundamentals for Educators (AFE) Workshop

Date posted: April 12th, 2019

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

Date posted: April 12th, 2019

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

Date posted: April 12th, 2019

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!

Date posted: April 12th, 2019

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

Date posted: April 12th, 2019

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