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

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  • Achieve Recognition

    AST values the hard work and dedication surgical technology educators put into teaching and mentoring their students. That's why the Foundation for Surgical Technology created the Constellation Awards - to recognize and reward surgical technology educators at different stages in their careers.

  • Constellation Awards

    Constellation Awards recognize educators (didactic or clinical) at three different career levels:

    • Rising Stars - educators with one to five years of teaching experience
    • Shining Stars - educators with six to 14 years of teaching experience
    • Guiding Stars - educators with 15 or more years of teaching experience


    One educator will be selected annually at each level. The awards, valued at $1,000, include a registration for the AST Educator's Conference in February and monetary support. The Constellation Awards are administered by the Foundation for Surgical Technology. 

    Applications are due annually on December 1.

    Apply now

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