Despite the cooling weather, it is heating up at the ARC/STSA! Busy is an understatement; many projects are underway and yet there’s so little time … I bet that sounds familiar to you all. With that said and time so precious, let me get right to the latest ARC/STSA updates.
In the Pikes Peak Community College Surgical Technology Program, student knowledge and curriculum comprehension are measured in a few ways. The one that has become a point of interest within our department is the way we analyze students' computer-based quizzes taken in class at the end of each chapter.
The ARC/STSA Board of Directors recently elected three members to its Executive Committee: Janice Grewatz (president), Erin White-Mincarelli (vice president) and Ron Ehlers (secretary/treasurer). Get to know them in this feature.
The Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) recently hosted its fall workshop and annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, September 24-25, which was packed with informative speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities for the 65 surgical assisting practitioners and educators in attendance.
ARC/STSA would like to congratulate the surgical technology programs at Altierus Career College, Ivy Tech Community College, Long Island University, Silicon Valley Surgi-Tech Institute, South College and Suffolk County Community College for receiving initial accreditation. Please join us in acknowledging the dedication and hard work it took for these programs to reach this milestone.
With summer coming to a close, I hope that you all were able to take some well-deserved time off to relax and recharge. This year is rushing by at a frantic pace, and there is much to update you on from the world of accreditation.
Thirteen years ago, I made the decision to transition from working in the operating room to teaching full time with only a year of experience as an adjunct educator. Like most of my colleagues, I came straight out of the clinic with only a fraction of what I needed to succeed.
2020 was a challenging year for surgical technology instructors, with many having to quickly retool their courses and shift to distance education delivery. Some became Zoom experts and provided synchronous lectures while others used their college’s learning management system (LMS) to deliver course materials.