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

  • Galaxy Reward Program

    The AST Galaxy Program recognizes surgical technology program directors who promote their students future success in the field by encouraging membership in their national professional organization, The Association of Surgical Technologists.

  • Galaxy Award Winners

    The Galaxy Award winners are programs that have successfully encouraged their students to become AST members. Membership in a professional organization is an important start to any career. AST honors these programs and their commitment to their students and the profession. 

    Galaxy 2019

    Galaxy 2018

    Galaxy 2017

    Galaxy 2016

    Galaxy winners receive special recognition at AST's national conference, in June edition of The Surgical Technologist and in the ASTSA and Instructor's newsletters. 

    For complete information and to ensure that your program receives the Galaxy Program recognition it deserves for next year, fill out the Galaxy Program Application and submit it to AST.

    2020 Galaxy Program Raffle Winners

    Programs who earn the Galaxy award recognition are placed into a drawing to win a trip to the following year's Educator Conference. 

    The winners are: 

    • Elgin Community College – Bridget Hoffenkamp
    • Ivy Tech Community College, Terre Haute – Lora Hofmann