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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. 

  • AST's 25th Anniversary Educators Conference

    Register Now!

    Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
    February 10-12, 2022

    • Registration rate - AST members: $275
    • Room Rate: Thursday: $136; Friday/Saturday: $186 (includes resort fee)
    • To receive the group rate, reservations need to be made before January 11, 2022. 
      To make a hotel reservation, visit: or call 866-317-1829. Reference Educators Conference or use code SMAST2.

    Event Agenda

    Thursday, February 10, 2022

    8 am-4 pm - ARC/STSA Accreditation Fundamentals (8 CEs) - You must register for Accreditation Fundamentals separately at

    Friday, February 11, 2022 (8 CEs)

    7 am-5 pm - Registration

    7:45-8 am - Welcome, Kevin Craycraft, CST, FAST, AST President

    8-8:50 am - Finding the Funny in Change, Jan McInnis -- For over 25 years Jan McInnis has traveled the country as a keynote speaker and humorist sharing unique and practical tips on Finding The Funny In Change. She has been featured in articles in The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. She has written monologues for the Tonight Show as well as for many other radio and TV shows.

    9-9:50 am - Innovation Education: The Utilization of Technology in Surgical Technology, Stefanie Vaughn, CST, FAST

    10-10:50 am - Cultivating Inspiration in the Classroom, TC Parker, CST, FAST

    11-11:25 am - Grab and Go Lunch

    11:30 am - 4:20 pm - Breakouts


    • 11:30 am-12:20 pm - NBSTSA Updates
    • 12:30-1:20 pm - Integrating Yourself as the New Program Director, Carolyn Brzoznowski, CST
    • 1:30-2:20 pm - Teaching and Technology, Amy Broussard, CST, CSFA, CRCST, FAST; and Heather Perilloux, CST, CRCST
    • 2:30-3:20 pm - You Can Do It Too - Seeking a Higher Education, Stephanie Austin, CST, FAST
    • 3:30-4:20 pm - Creating a Capstone Experience, Christina Blevins, CST


    • 11:30 am-12:20 pm - AST Mentor-Mentee Program, EPSC
    • 12:30-1:20 pm - How Do I Get Involved? EPSC
    • 1:30-2:20 pm - Embracing Job Opportunities, EPSC
    • 2:20-3:20 pm - Empowering Your Faculty, EPSC
    • 3:30-4:20 pm - Academic Integrity, EPSC

    4:30-5:30 pm - 25th Anniversary Reception 

    Saturday, February 12, 2022 (6 CE)

    • 7:30 am-3 pm - Registration
    • 8-10 am - Conversations of Eight
    • 10:10-11 am - CO8 Summary
    • 11:10-Noon - Student Selection and the Interview Process, Mona Bourbonnais, CST, FAST
    • Noon-12:50 pm - Lunch
    • 1-1:50 pm - How to Motivate and Engage, Michelle Gay, CST, FAST
    • 2-2:50 pm - Sharing Strategies: Successful Transition from Lab to Clinic, Libby McRae, CST, FAST

    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].

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