The Cutting Edge
Newsletter of the PA-AST
February - 2018

President's Message
Hello Fellow Certified Surgical Technologists and Certified First Assistants!
2017 was full of excitement for the PA-AST. It seems as if the year moved quickly. I truly believe it was due to the changes and hurdles we were able to overcome.    As you know we were successful with introducing legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives! If you haven't already done so please take some time to read the bill. House Bill 1805 (HB1805) recommends education and competency standards for new surgical technologists entering the profession and would require hospitals (going forward) to employ surgical techs who: (1) graduate from an accredited surgical technology program and (2) earn and maintain the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Pennsylvania House Bill 1805, sponsored by Representative Judy Ward
As we progress in the legislative efforts we will notify all of you with updates via emails, newsletters and at our spring and fall meetings. While we have moved forward there is still work to be done.   We will begin our grassroots campaign in 2018! Our membership will be out in full force contacting legislators to bring them our message!
I hope to see all of you at the spring meeting in Lancaster or soaking up some rays at the AST National Conference in Orlando! Keep pressing forward.     Together we can accomplish great things! Here's to the best 2018 can bring! As one of my fellow board member says #PA-AST or Bust!
Best Regards,
Jennifer Peterson CST, FAST
President PA-AST

Pennsylvania State Capitol
Harrisburg, PA

House Bill 1805, known as the Surgical Technologist Regulation Act is being considered by Pennsylvania's legislature.  This is truly an exciting moment for our profession - please join our grassroots campaign!  For more information click on the links below.

New information on the status of HB 1805 will be posted to, Facebook and Twitter as soon as it is available.

PA College of Health Sciences, Lancaster, PA

PA-AST Annual Spring Meeting

The Pennsylvania State Assembly's Annual Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday March 24, 2018 at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster, PA from 7:00a to 3:30pm.

6 continuing education credits will be offered.

Elections for the offices of Secretary and 3 Directors will be held.  Also, elections for Delegates and Alternates to AST's 49th Surgical Technology Conference will be held.  If you wish to run for any of these positions please visit for details. A list of candidates that have submitted a Consent To Serve Form will be posted to the website on February 24th.

AST members, please bring your AST Membership Card !!!


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Farmington, PA

Orthopaedic Update 2018

The annual Orthopaedic Update 2018 will be held Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2018 at  Nemacolin Woodlands Conference Center in Farmington, PA.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World
AST's 49th
Surgical Technology Conference

The AST 49th Surgical Technology Conference will be held at Walt Disney World in Florida from May 31 - June 2, 2018.
UPMC Hamot, Erie
UPMC Hamot
Erie, PA
PA-AST Fall Workshop

The Pennsylvania State Assembly will hold a Fall Workshop on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at  UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA.

6 Continuing Education Credits will be offered.