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

  • Around the World

    Surgical technologists are committed to patient care -- not only at their own facilities, but also around the world. One of the most outstanding characteristics of practitioners is their abiding interest in working in underdeveloped countries with populations in need. AST members have sought to help others in Haiti, the Philippines, Nicaragua and Ethiopia, among others.

  • Medical Missions

    AST members interested in volunteering for a medical mission may be eligible for financial assistance from the Foundation for Surgical Technology.

    In addition, members may also receive 10 hours of continuing education credit for their participation in a medical mission once every certification cycle.

    You will need to complete and submit the Mission Medical Application and the  Medical Mission Verification Form.

    It is also our intention to share information about organizations that offer techs the opportunity to serve on medical missions. We anticipate that this list will grow as more members send us the names of medical mission organizations.

    Operation Giving Back (OPG) is a program of the American College of Surgeons and was created for the volunteer surgeon. OPG recognizes the team nature of surgical care delivery and the critical  contributions of all surgical professionals. OPG attempts to include information relevant to all members of the surgical team. 

    Please visit Resources for the Surgical Team. At the bottom of the page, you'll see a list of some of the OGB partner organizations that have indicated that they provide volunteer opportunities for surgical technologists.