NHCH's Ryan Gentry Earns Surgical First Assistant Credential
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2012

The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) announced that Ryan Gentry, Surgical Technologist at NHCH, has been designated Certified Surgical First Assistant (CFSA). Ryan received this advanced certification after successfully completing the NBSTSA examination, demonstrating a mastery of procedures in arthroscopic surgery for shoulders.

Ryan's credentialing caps a decade of NHCH operating room (OR) experience in shoulder surgery. He obtained his previous certification for Technologist in Surgery after completing the on-the-job training (OJT) surgical technology program. The Honoka'a native thereafter assisted surgeons in the sterilization and decontamination of surgical instruments as well as providing surgeons with the proper tools during operations.

As a CFSA, Ryan will perform such procedures as placing retractors in and sewing ties in the shoulder area. “Arthroscopic shoulder repairs are getting more popular now because we can do more with joints,” Ryan said. During a recent visit to Chicago with NHCH Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Diane Payne, Ryan witnessed first-hand a number of these new surgical applications. In addition to arthroscopic repairs of rotator cuffs, the most common case of shoulder pain, “bankart” repairs of shoulder dislocations have led to successful results in a majority of patients. 

“I am delighted to see Ryan achieve this certification,” said Dr. William Park, NHCH Senior General Surgeon and former Chief Medical Officer. “Ryan is an exemplary young man with great talent and impeccable work ethic. This is the result of a great partnership between an outstanding employee and North Hawaii Community Hospital's efforts to advance the careers of its professionals.”

In 1974 the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting was founded as the certifying authority for surgical technologists. NBSTSA is the only body responsible for all surgery-related certification decisions, which include the maintenance, granting, denial, and renewal of certifications.

NBSTSA's mandate is to establish through examinations whether a person has gained the practical and theoretical mastery of surgical technology or surgical first assisting practices.  A further requirement is that CFSA's maintain up-to-date familiarity with relevant changes in medicine, either through reexamination or continuing education. Surgical technologists who pass the CFSA examination may thereafter use the initial if they maintain a current certification. Recertification is contingent upon Ryan's completion of 80 continuing education credit hours every four years.

Certification as a CFSA is a voluntary decision. Attaining this level of surgical expertise signifies pride in the medical practice, a decision to maximize one's grasp of scientific principles, and a daily dedication to patient care. For more information about the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, please visit the website http://nbstsa.org