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

  • Related Organizations

    The profession of surgical technology can attribute its growth and professional success to the collaborative relationships developed with groups devoted to issues critical to the profession: surgical technology education, surgical technology certification, development of scholarships for students and development of an advanced practice pathway.
  • Our Partner Organizations

    AST has several partner organizations that are focused on the profession of surgical technology.

    The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) focuses on the accreditation and review of surgical technology and surgical assisting education programs.

    The Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA) serves as the professional organization for the surgical assistant profession.

    The Foundation for Surgical Technology (FFST) is the nonprofit arm of the association and serves to award scholarships and financial assistant to students studying in accredited surgical technology programs and to practitioners who volunteer for medical missions.

    The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) is the national certification body of the profession and sponsors the national certifying examinations for the CST and CSFA credentials.

    Affiliated Organizations

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCO)