The Cutting Edge

Newsletter  of the 
Pennsylvania-Association of Surgical Technologists

President's Message


Hello and Happy New Year to all of our fellow CSTs and CSFAs!   I am looking forward to 2016 and all of the excitement in store for the PA-AST.  Years of hard work and dedication will begin to be put into action as we move towards hiring a lobbyist.   This embarkment will need the support of us all to reach our ultimate goal.......passing legislation!  We will continue to keep the PA-AST informed of the process and any developments that occur.  

2016 also brings about the Annual Business Meeting and educational seminar in March, followed by the Orthopedic update in April and the AST annual conference May 31- June 4.

I hope to see all of you at one of the many scheduled educational seminars and am excited to press forward to let our voices be heard at the Capitol!  Stay warm, spring is right around the corner!


Jennifer Peterson, CST
PA-AST President 
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Annual Spring Meeting - Harrisburg
The Annual Spring Meeting of the PA-AST will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at PinnacleHealth - Community General Osteopathic Hospital, 4300 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg, PA  17109.  6 CE credits will be offered.  Topics tentatively scheduled are:  Gastric Sleeves, Hernia/GERD, Mission Trips, Communication, Precepting, ORIF of Distal Fibula FX.   Topics are subject to change.  Elections for Secretary and three Directors will be held at this meeting.  Also, Delegates and Alternates to the AST National Conference will be elected.  Registration Form and hotel information for this event is posted at
Orthopaedic Update 2016 - Farmington
The annual Orthopaedic Update 2016 will be held Friday - Sunday, April 8-10, 2016 at Nemacolin Woodlands Conference Center in Farmington, PA.  
To register for this event, please visit Allegheny Health Network.
AST National Conference - San Diego, California
The AST 47th Annual National Conference will be held in San Diego, CA from May 31-June 4, 2016.  For more information on this event please visit
Fall Meeting - Erie
 The fall meeting of the PA-AST will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center, 201 State St., Erie, PA  16550.  6 CE credits are being offered.  More information on this event will be posted to our website ( as soon as it becomes available.