Technology – particularly, robotics – is becoming an integral part of surgery. While practices in the operating room rapidly advance, there is concern that classrooms are not keeping up. Realistically, however, program directors cannot invest in expensive equipment – so how can students be better prepared?

Here we share the first of two perspectives on this paradigm shift in surgical technology education. Hear from Dr. Joseph B. Long, CST, FAST, faculty member at Lansing Community College, who shares his observations as an educator. In our next newsletter, John C. Springer, CST, lead in Head and Neck Surgery at Keck Hospital of USC, will weigh in with his clinical experience and observations.

The discussion around technology and education is one that is here to stay and will continue to evolve. We invite you to share your thoughts with us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

We Cannot Prepare Our Students as We Have in the Past