AST sponsors an annual national conference that features renowned public and medical presentations. The five-day event includes targeted workshops for educators, surgical assistants, students and practitioners seeking intensive, hands-on training, as well as education sessions that cover a range of specialty areas.
The AST Annual National Conference is the number one surgical technology and surgical assisting trade show in the country.
AST returns to Texas, this time to San Antonio. Attendees can take advantage of the proximity to the historic Alamo - only a couple blocks from the hotel - and the famed River Walk, where shops, eateries and area attractions are waiting to be explored. Relax as you cruise down the San Antonio River on a river boat or use them as taxis as you navigate the area. With so many things to see and do, we hope to see you all at our 46th Annual National Conference!
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 web page 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
The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) was established in 1969 with the mission of ensuring quality patient care.
Today, AST is proud to acknowledge more than 36,000 members and represents the interests of more than 80,000 practitioners nationwide. AST actively promotes education for the profession; legislatively advocates for practitioner recognition; supports state-level constituent organizations; and has committed to students as the future of the profession.
As the oldest and most widely recognized professional organizations for surgical technologists, AST's primary purpose is to ensure that surgical technologists possess the knowledge and skill sets to administer the highest quality of care for every patient. Aeger primo!