By Connie Bell, CST, FAST, Special Projects Consultant Surgical Technology for Success Education Colleges

Joanne Schmidt, Public Member for the Surgical Technology Program Advisory Committee (PAC)

The 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.

I believe this is a very powerful description. The opportunity to give feedback on the educational program, participate in analysis of outcomes, and offer unbiased suggestions and alternatives was a job well fit for my good friend Joanne Schmidt. It didn’t take much to convince her to be part of our PAC, but it took some arm-twisting to sit and allow me to candidly interview her for this article.

Joanne is a mother of seven children and has 18 grandchildren ranging from four to 22 years-old, plus one granddaughter due in December. Throughout her busy life she has always found time to volunteer her services, lend a helping hand, listen, and h