AST Headquarters will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

Also, due to AST's Surgical Technology Conference (May 31-June 2), we will have a limited number of staff at headquarters during the week of May 29-June 1. We appreciate your patience and will respond to inquiries the following week, beginning Monday, June 11.

  • AST National Conference

    The AST Surgical Technology Conference is the number one surgical technology and surgical assisting trade show in the country. Come be a part of our Exhibit Hall and greet our members from around the country as AST heads to Orlando in 2018. 

  • Conference Exhibiting

    AST Surgical Technology Conference: May 31-June 2, 2018 | Exhibits: May 31 and June 1, 2018

    Conference Hotel:
    Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort |  1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

    Exhibiting Setup/Breakdown

    • Exhibit Setup: Noon to 8 pm Wednesday, May 30, and 9 am to noon Thursday, May 31
    • Exhibit Hours: 1 to 4 pm Thursday, May 31, and 9 am to noon Friday, June 1
    • Exhibitor Reception: 4 pm Thursday, May 31
    • Exhibitor Breakdown: Noon to 10 pm Friday, June 1

    Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities

    • Conference co-sponsorships: $5,000 and $10,000
    • Year-round corporate and conference sponsorships: $20,000 to $40,000
    • Preferred employer/AST Career Center sponsorships: $1,000 to $2,500 monthly
    • Events sponorships:
      • Opening Night Party
      • Closing Night Party
      • Conference app
      • Social Wall
      • Daily coffee breaks with snacks
      • Speaker and education sessions
      • Attendee scholarships
    • Marketing
      • Pre- and post-conference Journals (50% discount on 2nd adv)
      • Tote-bag inserts: $500 (plus insert costs and shipping to AST)
      • Scavenger Hunt door prizes (donor choice)
      • Pre- and post-conference attendee email: $1,500

    Reasons to Exhibit

    "The AST conference was terrific! Very energizing and the Ruhof staff was able to meet many potential new customers as well as connect with established ones." -Frank Bass, President of Ruhof Healthcare

    "Teleflex understands the value of the Surgical Technologist and their key role in the OR. The AST Conference gives Teleflex the opportunity to showcase our breadth of portfolio in surgery as well as interface with this audience on their needs in the OR." -Muriel Tyler, Senior Product Manager of Teleflex

    Past exhibitors evaluate surgical techs as the best audiences of their conference experience!

    With almost 2,000 attendees and almost 100 exhibitors, the AST Conference is the #1 event for professionals in the perioperative industry. Benefit from one-on-one face time with OR decision makers/influencers or great candidates to fill your open job positions.

    • 72% of AST members are directly involved with purchasing or have a strong influence on products uses – or not used – in the operating room
    • More than 17% of AST members hold supervisory and leadership roles
    • More than 28% of AST member have worked in surgery for more than 15 years

    Conference Exhibits: Benefits

    • One-on-one time with 2,000 OR professionals
    • Exclusive Exhibit Hours
    • Career-center exhibit area focusing on job seekers
    • Free company listing on AST conference webpage and handbook
    • Complimentary initiation to the exhibitors reception
    • Complimentary invitations to opening and closing social events
    • More than 100 companies representing the leading surgical device manufactures, developers of specialty instrumentation, sterile processing services and facility recruiters
    • Many companies have exhibited with AST for more than 30 years