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

  • State Assembly Leadership Forum

    The State Assembly Leadership Forum is a preconference event at AST's national conference. Learn from your peers and professionals in the profession, network with others from around the country and discuss the issues that are relevant to anyone involved at the leadership level within your state assembly.

  • State Assembly Leadership Forum

    AST Preconference Event - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    6 CEs

    The Westin Peachtree Plaza
    210 Peachtree Street NW
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1704

    Available February 1, 2020
    Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis
    $50 AST Members Only
    Full Conference Registration Required

    This preconference event is dedicated to practitioners who are committed to strengthening the foundation of AST's state assemblies. The forum will give attendees a hands-on experience while providing insight into the inner workings of the state assembly system, outline a wealth of resources available to use and the chance to hear from fellow attendees on what they have found to be successful in their states. 

    7:15–7:45 am - Continental Breakfast for SALF Registrants
                            Sponsored by NBSTSA   

    7:45-8:50 am- Welcome and Introductions
                            Holly Falcon, CST, FAST, AST President

    8:50–9 am - Take This Job and LOVE It
                       Holly Falcon, CST, FAST, AST President

    9–9:50 am - Conflict Management
                       Grant Wilson, CST, FAST, NBSTSA President

    9:50–10 am - Break

    10–11:50 am - Optimizing Policies/Enriching Development
                           10–10:30 am - Annual State Report - A Handy Reference Tool     
                           10:30–11 am -  Financials – Making Sense of It All
                           11:00–11:30 am - 5-Year Renewal Agreement - The Terms in Action
                           11:30–11:50 am - Your State’s Website - Achieving Results
                           State Assembly Leadership Committee

    Noon–12:50 pm - Lunch - Provided to SALF All-Day Registrants               

    1–3 pm - One-to-One Connections/Empowering Relationships
                  State Assembly Leadership Committee