HSPA's Fellowship Program was developed to give recognition to the competence of its members and to provide them with a measure of achievement that will be meaningful even to those outside the organization.
Fellowship status is one of the highest honors professional organizations can bestow upon their members. As such, HSPA Fellowship is an honorable distinction that must be earned through hard work, a commitment to professional advancement, and a desire to raise the bar as both an HSPA member and as a contributor to the Sterile Processing field.
Fellow Central Service (FCS) Designation
The HSPA Fellowship program allows members to achieve Fellowship status by demonstrating knowledge, commitment and professional advancement in the Sterile Processing (SP) profession. Fellowship is awarded upon completion of a research paper on a topic pertinent to the SP profession. Those who earn Fellowship status will receive the highly-regarded "Fellow Central Service" (FCS) designation after their name.
Upon award of Fellowship, all papers and submitted materials become the property of HSPA and will not be returned. Papers may not be changed or altered in any way without the express written permission of HSPA.
There are three main requirements to attain fellowship with HSPA:
Must be an Active Member in good standing for at least five years and hold the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) designation;
Must have responsibility for the direction of a Sterile Processing department (SPD) of a healthcare facility or have an interest by virtue of practice; and
Must submit a detailed, well-researched, referenced and well-written paper on a topic pertinent to the SP profession, such as processes or practices that led to targeted, quantifiable improvements within the department or facility; a Curriculum Vitae; and two professional letters of recommendation.
The Curriculum Vitae should include:
Education, including degrees and certifications
Employment experience as it relates to the SP field
Membership affiliations (years of membership, committees services, membership activities, etc.)
Professional development, including industry presentations, articles written, awards received and other activities that promote the SP profession.
How to Maintain HSPA Fellowship Status
Fellowship renewal will be required at five-year intervals.
You must meet the following criteria to maintain your FCS status with HSPA:
Hold CRCST status with HSPA for the full five-year Fellowship renewal period
Payment of membership dues must be current
Sixty (60) continuing education (CE) credits must be accumulated over a five-year period and at least 30 CE credits must be from programs and seminars sponsored by HSPA The remaining 30 CE credits may be obtained from other program sources (i.e., local chapter, area or state-sponsored programs or other quality educational programs). These CE credits are not in addition to credits used to maintain CRCST status, and can be used for maintenance of both CRCST and FCS.
Failure to meet the preceding criteria for updating of Fellowship will cause a member to lose their Fellowship status. If Fellowship is not fulfilled, the entire program must be reinstated. For more information, email HSPA.
Step 1: Submit the following to HSPA headquarters:
Two letters of Recommendation
Research paper topic and detailed outline
Step 2: The Fellowship Committee will review the application and research paper outline. The candidate will be contacted regarding the next steps in the Fellowship process.
Step 3: Submit final research paper and cover letter to the Fellowship Committee.*
Step 4: Final research paper will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee.
Step 5: The applicant will sit for an interview with the Fellowship Committee during the HSPA Annual Conference to demonstrate knowledge of the information presented in the research paper.
Step 6: The Fellowship Committee will meet to determine whether or not to grant Fellowship.
Step 7: If Fellowship is granted, the recipient will be recognized at the HSPA Annual Conference.*
*Applications and research papers must be submitted to HSPA by Dec. 31 of each year to be considered for acceptance at the next year's HSPA Annual Conference. Research papers that are submitted by Dec. 31 but require additional editing/rewrites, as directed by the Fellowship Committee, will need to be finalized/approved by the Fellowship Committee by March 1 to be considered for acceptance at the next HSPA Annual Conference.