• Maintaining Safety & Quality When Reopening Labs: Issues to Consider During a Pandemic

    Join a roundtable presentation of how program directors have worked to maintain safety and quality as they reopened their on-campus labs. This webinar, hosted by the ARC/STSA, EdAccred and AST, will explore lab policies and procedures to incorporate social distancing, student and faculty safety measurements, and skill competency activities during the pandemic. Continue Reading...
  • 3 Months In: Reflections and Tips for Instructors in Our New Normal

    As educators, we have just finished our most challenging semester yet. Some programs have been relatively fortunate, while others have faced unimaginable burdens and losses. I personally have found this semester to be a challenge and a learning opportunity. Continue Reading...
  • Honing Your Craft — From OR to Classroom

    Surgical technologists and surgical assistants who answer the call to be educators are not always trained as such. We come as skilled practitioners who have dedicated years to perfecting our craft, ensure each surgical procedure runs as smoothly as a philharmonic symphony. As educators, we all strive to bring that same passion, effort and dedication to the instruction of our students. Continue Reading...
  • Going the Distance: What We Can Learn from Distance Education Specialists

    As instructors acclimate to online learning, they have been identifying methods and tools that work best for their students in real-time. For distance educators, the concept is not so new. We spoke with two experts in the field to understand what can be learned from their experience regularly working in a remote teaching environment. Continue Reading...
  • Stories of Hope and Inspiration During Quarantine

    For many, this semester has been stressful, but it has also been a time of resilience. Students and teachers have joined forces to overcome obstacles and make the most of this experience. Enjoy these stories of hope and inspiration from educators across the country.  Continue Reading...
  • The Faces of ARC/STSA: New Positions Announced for Erin Monroy and Kayla Tufano

    ARC/STSA is pleased to share that Erin Monroy has been promoted to operations coordinator, and Kayla Tufano has been promoted to accreditation specialist. Continue Reading...
  • Congrats to Programs Earning Initial and Continuing Accreditation

    ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the following surgical technology and surgical assisting programs for recently receiving grants of initial and continuing accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach such important milestones. Continue Reading...
  • A Message from Ron Kruzel, ARC/STSA Executive Director

    In the last month, our programs and institutions have faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Our educators have worked tirelessly to continue to teach courses and serve students as their physical campuses close across the Nation. Despite these extraordinary circumstances, it has been inspiring to watch our educators face these challenges with fortitude and to see our community rally together. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your perseverance, ability to adapt, and your commitment to your students and communities.     Continue Reading...
  • Revising the Lesson Plan: Advice on Moving Your Students and Faculty Forward

    School and clinical closures have caused institutions to quickly assess how to help their students learn in a new, virtual environment. We spoke with Logan Threet, CST, to understand how his institution made the transition, as well as how he collaborated with other organizations to keep their semester going strong. Gain his perspective on the situation, as well as resources for your organization during this challenging time. Continue Reading...
  • Transition to e-Learning: One Educator’s Resource to Keep Students Engaged

    Keeping students engaged in the classroom is among an educator’s top priorities. With the transition to online learning in light of COVID-19, this has become paramount. In this Q&A, hear from Mayo Clinic's Helga Olson, CSA, CSFA, MS, on how she uses Pear Deck, an online, interactive tool, to enhance her student's experience. At the time of writing, Olson was using the tool in-person, but it can also be used online as students learn remotely.  Continue Reading...
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