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  • Educator Events

    As you look for new ways to teach your students, it's crucial that you stay up on your training, too. With that in mind, AST offers an Educators Conference designed specifically to address the ongoing needs of surgical technology instructors and program directors. This multi-day event gives attendees educators tips, tricks and tools to stay current in the educator profession as well as the opportunity to network with fellow educators. 

  • 2024 AST Educators Conference

    Orlando, Florida 

    February 15
    Second Annual Leadership Symposium for Educators, limited to 75 attendees: $125, AST Member; $150, nonmember

    February 16-17
    Educators Conference: $275 – AST Member; $480, nonmember (includes one-year membership)

    Book your room for EC HERE

    The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
    1500 Sand Lake Road
    Orlando, FL 32809
    Single and Double Occupancy: $155

    • Attendees can also call the hotel Reservations Department at (800) 588 – 4656. Guests should identify themselves as an attendee of the Association of Surgical Technologists.
    • The room reservation cut off date is Tuesday, January 23, 2024.
    • Room rate is $155.
    • Reservation must be guaranteed with a credit card at the time of booking. A deposit of one night’s room and tax will be charged to the credit card five days prior to arrival.
    • There is a service charge of $19 per day. The service charge includes the following amenities: 
      • Unlimited in-room high speed internet.
      • Newspaper (lobby level).
      • Two bottles of water upon arrival, replenished daily.
      • Key accessible gated parking.
      • 24-hour access to fitness center.
      • 24-hour access to Business Center including high speed internet, printing, and limited quantities of photocopying. 

    Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

      Speak for AST

      Are you an educator and have a topic you'd like to share with your fellow instructors? Or know someone who would make a good presenter? To be considered, please complete the Speaker Application. For questions or inquiries, please contact us at [email protected].

      ASTSA Outreach Award

      The Association of Surgical Technologists Student Association (ASTSA) wishes to acknowledge the surgical technology programs that make a difference in their communities. Surgical technology is a rewarding profession that allows each surgical technologist the advantage of bettering people’s lives. Our goal is to recognize those programs who also go above and beyond in their community and continue to make their areas a better place to live.

      Programs that meet the requirements and complete the application will be honored at AST’s Surgical Technology Conference with a plaque awarded to each qualified program.

      The deadline for applications is March 30, 2024. 

      NOTE: Limit one application per program not per satellite campus.

      We look forward to seeing how all surgical technology programs shine in their own communities!