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Preparation is key for a program to be successful. A well-planned event helps attendees leave with a feeling of accomplishment rather than
frustration. Here are some tools to help your program flow as smoothly as possible.
Organization is essential when developing a
successful program plan.
The Checklist for a Successful Meeting can be used to plan an
annual business meeting with board of directors and delegate elections or a
workshop alone event.
For speakers, always have a backup plan. Things happen, so have someone like a CST or CSFA on
standby to speak if you have a no-show. This will ensure members receive the CE credits that were advertised.
When planning your next
business meeting or workshop, if you have questions or need some guidance,
please reach out to your State Assembly Leadership Committee representative. They are there to help. Find your state's representative at
Connect With Your State Assembly.
assemblies who sponsor a program are required to complete the program approval
process for participants to receive AST approved CE credits. Refer to the AST Policies for the Approval of State Assembly Continuing Education Programs, in developing CE programs.
The following is due at least 30 days prior to your program, for CE Credit
approval. Earlier submission for approval the better; advantageous in attendance for meeting a quorum to hold elections.
1) AST State Assembly - A2 Continuing Education Program Application
2) AST State Assembly - A3 Participant Program Evaluation Form3) Agenda - for each
education session must list: - The start and end time - Topic - Speaker name with credentials - When holding elections include: Business Session I; Candidate Introductions; Voting; Business
Session II; Election Announcements & Oath of Office4)
Brochure or Flyer
Three (3) Program Learning Objectives – may be included on the agenda or brochure/flyer
CE activities in which CE
credits are earned must be relevant to the medical-surgical practice of
surgical technology or surgical first assisting.
As stated in the AST
CE Policies, one CE credit equals 50–60 minutes of
activity, such as when attending a lecture. However, partial CE credits
are accepted by AST. The CE activity must be a minimum of 30 minutes or
0.5 CE credits, and the CE credits are determined in 15-minute increments past
the required 30 minutes. Two examples: 1) A lecture lasts for 45 minutes;
therefore, the number of CE credits that would be awarded is .75 CE credits; 2)
A lecture lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes will be awarded 1.25 CE credits (the
partial CE credit is rounded up or down to the nearest 15 minute