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