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Creating Interactive Education: A SoftChalk Success Story

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.

August 12th, 2021|

A Memorable Experience: 2021 AST Conference Student Attendees Share Their Takeaways

The 2021 Association of Surgical Technology (AST) Conference took place July 21-23 in Las Vegas, NV. Christopher Achim and Edison Smith, student attendees from the Nevada Career Institute, Las Vegas, share their key takeaways from the memorable experience, including their favorite sessions, an overview of the student forum and the importance of attending an event of this magnitude early in their professional careers.

August 12th, 2021|

Creative DIYs for Simulation-Based Training

As educators, we bring a lot of creativity to our training, coming up with hacks, tips and tricks to demonstrate surgical procedural skills. We also know that hands-on, simulation-based training is one of the best ways to engage students and prepare them for entering the field. As program director, I look for simulation tools and training platforms that give me room to be creative.

June 14th, 2021|

How to Onboard Your Students for a Clinical Rotation

One of the most important tasks when I begin a cohort is assigning my students to a clinical site. In years past, this process was completed with a few emails. However, many hospitals are now keeping track of their clinical students through an online onboarding service. These websites have given hospitals the ability to access all student information in one place, which has made it much easier for hospital staff to coordinate their clinical rotations.

June 14th, 2021|

Drive-Through, Livestream and Zoom Commencements: Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting Programs’ Creative Twist to Pomp and Circumstance

Graduation for the class of 2021 (and 2020) presented many programs with a challenge: How should graduation ceremonies balance safety and celebration? We asked surgical technology and surgical assisting educators how their institutions approached the situation and were wowed by their dedication and creativity. Take a look in this round up of stories from across the country.

June 14th, 2021|

What OR Leadership Wants From Surgical Technologists in Training

A student’s first rotation as a surgical technologist can be daunting. As educators, we want to prepare students as best we can for the operating room. But what does the operating room expect from surgical technology students? To find out more, I asked a nurse manager and an operating room (OR) educator from two different hospital systems what they expect from a surgical technology clinical student.

June 14th, 2021|