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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  • ASTSA

    In 2005, the AST Board of Directors established the first student-focused event at the AST national conference, where more than 300 students came to learn, network and demonstrate their eagerness to join the surgical technology arena during the AST Student Day. Each year after, hundreds of students have gathered to attend the since-renamed ASTSA Forum. Each year students elect their peers to serve as ASTSA student representatives and help drive the success of the ASTSA and foster new engagement into the profession.

  • 2019-2020 ASTSA Student Representatives

    The ASTSA student representatives were elected by their peers at the ASTSA Forum in National Harbor in June.

    Portia Cunningham

    Portia Cunningham

    James Kelley

    Jim Kelley

    Jimmy Washington

    Jimmy Washington



    Scholarship Recipients

    The scholarship recipients were announced in June at AST's national conference in National Harbor.

    View the Foundation for Surgical Technology's 2019 scholarship recipients.