The Cutting Edge
Newsletter of the PA-AST
January - 2017

President's Message
Dear Fellow Surgical Technologists and First Assistants,

2016 flew by and will go down in the books as a busy year for your Pennsylvania State Assembly Board of Directors and Officers!  Education and Legislation became common terms of vocabulary amongst most of our discussions.  On March 25, 2017  the annual PAAST business meeting will be coupled with an exciting educational session.   Come to Williamsport and broaden your knowledge base, network with other Surgical Technologists/First Assistants, share with others who like you work daily in the "trenches" and vote in yet another historical election!   As you know we are elected officials and represent you, our membership!  Together with the support and collaboration of AST National, we have formed and will continue to grow as a strong synergist group. ...Team PA!  Our legislative initiatives have flourished and what was once a thought or a dream have now become a common place.  We are at the forefront of achieving our goal.....certification as a requirement for employment for all Surgical Technologists practicing in the State of Pennsylvania.  There is a lot of work to be done and goals to accomplish and we understand that it will take an army to be heard.  However, as it was recognized in 2016, our State Assembly has become just that... an assembly, "A group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose".   Our voice will be heard!   2017 will bring about positive change, the forming of stronger bonds and opportunity!  Don't miss out on the educational sessions and more importantly the updates and exciting announcements to come for PAAST!  

Best Regards,

Jennifer Peterson
President , PAAST

Williamsport, PA
PA-AST Annual Spring Meeting

The Pennsylvania State Assembly's Annual Spring Meeting will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017 at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA from 7:30a to 3:45pm.

6 continuing education credits will be offered.

Elections for the offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer and 2 Directors will be held.  Also, elections for Delegates and Alternates to AST's 48th 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 by February 25th.

Online registration will be available soon.

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


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Farmington, PA

Orthopaedic Update 2017

The annual Orthopaedic Update 2017 will be held Friday-Sunday, April 7-9, 2017 at  Nemacolin Woodlands Conference Center in Farmington, PA.
New Orleans, LA
AST's 48th
Surgical Technology Conference

The AST 48th Surgical Technology Conference will be held in New Orleans from June 6 - 10, 2017.


Delaware County Community College, Media, PA

PA-AST Fall Workshop

The Pennsylvania State Assembly will hold a Fall Workshop on Saturday, September 25, 2017 at Delaware County Community College in Media, PA.

6 Continuing Education Credits will be offered.