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Newsletters2022-11-09T14:57:38-07:00

Surgery in Space: The CST and Their Role in Problem Solving

By Chris Ahearn, AAS, CST, and featuring Dr. Josef F. Schmid, III With an early 2030 launch date planned for mankind’s first mission to Mars, NASA flight surgeons and their teams have been hard at work. With 240 days between liftoff and touchdown, crews onboard are susceptible to all manner of human maladies. From headaches to bone resorption, acute [...]

June 28th, 2022|

August 1st: Accreditation Summer Updates!

By ARC/STSA Accreditation Team As you celebrate the success of student graduations and look forward to the well-deserved summer break, we wanted to remind you about several accreditation documents with an August 1, 2022, effective date; including the new Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Surgical Technology (Standards), the Core Curriculum for Surgical Assisting, 4th [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Congratulations to ARC/STSA 2022 Scholarship Winners!

The ARC/STSA is proud to announce its 2022 scholarship recipients. This year, ARC/STSA awarded 10 student scholarships of $500 each and one $1,000 educator scholarship. Join us in celebrating these accomplished recipients, shared below, and stay tuned for more information about their stories throughout the summer. You can also learn more about the recipients on the scholarship page of [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Students’ Experience at National Conference: Where a Passion for Profession and Education Come Together

By Amy Broussard, AAS, CHL, CSFA, CRCST, CST, FAST, and Eboni Saurage, EdD, CST, FAST The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) held its 52nd Surgical Technology Conference in New Orleans, LA, on June 3-5, 2022. The conference drew more than 1,200 enthusiastic active and associate members which included many educators, students and recent graduates. We reached out to learn [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Why Attend AccredX?

What is AccredX and what makes it different from other conferences? AccredX is the first annual conference designed to support our 400+ surgical technology and surgical assisting programs with accreditation-focused continuing education. AccredX offers hands-on workshops, proven program management strategies, and best practices in surgical technology and surgical assisting education, to provide educators with the necessary tools to achieve [...]

June 28th, 2022|

ARC/STSA’s Golden Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of Accreditation and Program Excellence

ARC/STSA is proud to celebrate our golden anniversary this year – 50 years of accreditation and education excellence. This year we’ll be looking back at the last five decades — from our humble beginnings in December 1972 as the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the Operating Room Technician (JRC-ORT) to today, as we provide national accreditation services [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Congratulations to Programs Earning Continuing and Initial Accreditation

ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the surgical technology programs that have recently received awards of initial and continuing accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach these critical milestones. Surgical Technology Initial Accreditation Award: Ozarka College, Mountain View, AR Surgical Technology Continuing Accreditation Award: Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Special Thank You to Helga Olson, MA, MSc., CSA, CSFA

The ARC/STSA wishes to extend a special thank you to Helga Olson, MA, MSc., CSA, CSFA. Olson served from 2016–2022 on the ARC/STSA Board of Directors – Subcommittee on Accreditation for Surgical Assisting (SASA), and we are so grateful for her volunteerism and six years of tireless service contributed. Olson, pictured left, earned her Bachelor of Science in Counseling [...]

June 28th, 2022|

Digital Dissection with the Anatomage Table

By Rebecca Hall, MS, CRCST, CSA, CST, FAST Recognized for the sixth consecutive year as a tech-savvy college by the Center for Digital Education, Delta College incorporates technology to improve curriculum delivery and service across its programs.  Following this tradition, our surgical first assistant and surgical technology programs were the first in the state of Michigan to use the [...]

April 20th, 2022|

Interview with Dr. Erin White-Mincarelli on New Annual Report; Plus, Frequently Asked Annual Report Questions

Featuring Erin White-Mincarelli, PhD, CST, FAST Dr. Erin White-Mincarelli, surgical technology program director at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania and ARC/STSA board member, speaks with ARC/STSA’s education coordinator, Erin Monroy, about the new Annual Report platform and provides guidance for report submission, which has been extended through August 1, 2022. Erin Monroy: How lucky am I to interview a [...]

April 20th, 2022|

Enhancing Simulated Procedures with Mock Medical

By Jay Barrueta, AAS, CST Creativity and hands-on learning are a necessity for keeping students engaged, but what other solutions can instructors use to put our creative energy to better use and provide students the best preparation for surgery? Our program has started using Mock Medical drop-ins, trainers, and laparoscopic tower to give students a realistic surgical simulation experience [...]

April 20th, 2022|

Better Together: Recruiting and Retaining Our Students

By Chris Ahearn, AAS, CST Surgical Technology educators from around the country met virtually on February 24 for our third Better Together brainstorming event of 2022. Recruiting and retaining top surgical technology students was on everyone’s mind, and the ideas shared will help shape the future of surgical technology education for the betterment of our students, our programs, and especially [...]

April 20th, 2022|

Celebrating All Things SA: National Surgical Assistants Week

The ARC/STSA is honored to join the Association of Surgical Assistants and the National Surgical Assistant Association this week, April 18 -22, 2022, to pay tribute to surgical assistants during National Surgical Assistants Week. Many thanks to each of you for your hard work, long hours and fervent commitment to patient safety. We would also like to express our gratitude [...]

April 20th, 2022|

My New Grad Experience at the ASA/NSAA Joint Conference

By Tracey Houston, CSFA, CST The Third Annual Joint Conference of the Association of Surgical Assistants and National Surgical Assistant Association took place on April 1-2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference offered a range of workshops and discussions on emerging trends in the world of surgical assisting, including scientific presentations, multi-station workshops featuring the latest in surgical techniques, and [...]

April 20th, 2022|

ARC/STSA’s Golden Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years of Accreditation and Program Excellence

ARC/STSA is proud to celebrate our golden anniversary this year – 50 years of accreditation and program excellence. Throughout the year, we’ll be looking back at the last five decades — from our humble beginnings in December 1972 as the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for the Operating Room Technician (JRC-ORT) to today, as we provide national accreditation services [...]

April 20th, 2022|

Join Us in Welcoming Two New ARC/STSA Staff Members!

We are thrilled to announce that two outstanding professionals have joined the ARC/STSA team. Join us in welcoming Accreditation Manager Rob Blackston and Operations Coordinator Kari Allen. Accreditation Manager Rob Blackston, MEd, CSFA, CST, FAST Rob Blackston, MEd, CSFA, CST, FAST, joined the ARC/STSA as its Accreditation Manager on April 1, 2022. Blackston will serve in accreditation services and [...]

April 1st, 2022|