As news about COVID-19 dominates media and public safety discussions at state and federal levels, we want you to know that since we are still two months away, we have no plans right now to cancel AST’s 51st Surgical Technology Conference occurring May 28-30, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Your safety is our top priority, however, and we recognize this as an extremely important and evolving situation. We will continue to monitor developments and base any decisions we make concerning our annual conference on the advice of health and safety experts. In addition, we are waiving all cancellation fees for our attendee registrants, and in the case the event is canceled, all attendee registrations will be refunded completely.

As an organization of healthcare professionals, AST recognizes the value that our members place on the importance of infection prevention practices not just when traveling, but every day. We will continue to provide updates. 

Holly Falcon, CST, FAST
AST President

  • AST Governance

    The Association of Surgical Technologists is administered by an 11-person Board of Directors who are elected by the membership at the annual conference. The Board of Directors is composed of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and seven Directors. The Board of Directors is charged with the overall responsibility of conducting the affairs of the association according to the Bylaws and as mandated by the House of Delegates in the best interest of the membership.

  • Leadership

    The Association of Surgical Technologists is administered by an 11-person board of directors who serve for two years. The president, vice president and treasurer plus three directors are elected in odd-numbered years; the secretary and four directors are elected in even-numbered years.

    AST has three national standing committees. Members are appointed by the AST president and approved by the board of directors. These committees include:

    The AST Bylaws and Parliamentary Procedure Committee prepares, reviews and recommends amendments to bylaws that shall included bylaws amendments proposed by the membership.

    The AST Education and Professional Standards Committee develops strategies to stabilize and increase the quality of entry-level surgical technology education. 

    The AST State Assembly Leadership Committee educates and motivates surgical technologists to move toward legislative involvement within each state.