Association of Surgical Technologists

New York State Assembly

Association of Surgical Technologists
Association of Surgical Technologists


President's Note
Hello NYAST members! I hope this message finds you well and sending a thank you to everyone that attended our NYAST 2017 Fall Conference Business Meeting and Elections in Niagara Falls, NY.
It was an honor to be elected as the NYAST President this past fall, and I have had the privilege to work along side the wonderful, dedicated, and my friend past president Beth Applegate-Debo. It has been an exciting time for the NYAST board of directors and myself to serve our State assembly and its members. Currently, we are preparing for our NYAST Spring 2018 Conference on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Syracuse, NY.
NYAST will again sponsor a Student Scrub Bowl at our NYAST Spring 2018 Conference, as a break out session on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The invitations with the Scrub Bowl details will be sent out very soon to all accredited NYS Surgical Technology Programs to participate in this fun and interactive competition!
Again, we will be offering scholarships to one student and one NYAST member to attend the AST 49th Annual National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Personally, I have been privileged to meet the recipients of past scholarships, and seeing them experience and gain knowledge of our profession at the AST Annual National Conference is priceless.
NYAST is always seeking members to become involved at the board level. At the Fall 2018 Conference Business Meeting and Elections in the New York City area, we will be electing a Secretary and three Directors. When a person decides to serve on a board, is it a personal and professional choice, but also it's an enhancement to the individual and their dedication in our profession. Please approach any of us on the NYAST board at our Spring 2018 Conference, and or email us at, regarding questions to serve on the NYAST Board.
This newsletter and the website will have the important information regarding the NYAST Spring 2018 Conference on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in Syracuse, NY and the scholarship opportunity being offered!
I hope to see many of you at the April 14, 2018 conference in Syracuse, NY where you can network with fellow NYAST members and earn 6 CEs. See you soon!
Gemma Fournier CST, RN, MSN, FAST
NYAST President

NYAST 2018 Spring Conference 

Please click on the link below for information about our Spring Conference!

How I became involved....
A word from our newest NYAST Board of Directors
Holly Warren, CST
"Why I got involved in the NYAST board:  I want to promote the field of surgical technology and increase public awareness of the profession. I am very passionate about surgical technology. As you have probably heard me say, if I had known about the field earlier I would have never gone to nursing school."
Larissa Stepanyan, CST
"I am Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) at Upstate University Hospital Level I Trauma Center here in Syracuse, New York, and have been working as a CST for the past 11 years and enjoy every minute about my profession. I have had great opportunities to learn and also teach in many different areas of services. I enjoy attending NYAST conferences and get more information about our profession. 
I would like to take a moment and tell you that the person who got me involved with the board was president of NYAST Beth Applegate-Debo and I am very thankful for such a great opportunity to serve on the NYAST Board of Directors to a best of my ability. She was the one who asked me to step up for somebody who was not able to be on the board, it was huge for me to be considered for such a position and all the challenges that come along with it."

Amy Woock, CST
"I have always been interested in the becoming more involved with my career choice. Being a Certified Surgical Technologist is important to me and now a NYAST Board of Director, I intend to bring awareness to the community and assist other Surgical Technologists to achieve the overwhelming satisfaction of this career like I have accomplished!"
Scholarship Opportunities
AST 49th Annual National Conference scholarships available!
NYAST believes that active participation in our professional organization is one of the best ways to have a voice and be recognized as an important and equal entity in the surgical setting.  We believe that attending state and national conferences is an important part of being an active member of our profession. We would like to see as many of you as possible at our state conferences, and at the national conference. We have made it part of our mission to provide opportunities for you to attend the AST 49th Annual National Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 31-June 2, 2018.
NYAST will be accepting scholarship applications for one Surgical Technology student, and one NYAST member currently working in the field, who has never attended the AST Annual National Conferences.
We have sent students to conferences in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and sent one working NYAST member in 2016. The NYAST scholarship recipients all had positive experiences while attending conference. We look forward in assisting two more people to attend the next AST National Conference, so they can experience this event, to enhance them professionally and personally.
Please see the instructions and applications for all of the details at and go to About Us and click on either Student Page or Foundation Scholarships.
We also encourage CSTs who have never attended conference to apply for the 2018 Former President's scholarship. You can find information and an application at

NYAST has contributed $1000.00 to the AST Foundation for Surgical Technology in memory of Chris Keegan, CST, FAST for scholarships that are to be awarded to students. You can get more information and apply for these scholarships at
Attention Future Speakers!
NYAST need CSTs to speak at our State Conferences
NYAST is always looking for speakers for our state conferences. We would like to encourage you to share with our NYAST membership a topic and or a new procedure that you are passionate and knowledgeable about, that is related to our Surgical Technology profession. We feel strongly that it is important to learn from each other, but we need CSTs to take the initiative and present at our conferences.
What is your specialty? What is your expertise? What type of presentation you would like to hear at the conferences? Tell us about it!
Please contact us at if you are interested in speaking. We would love to hear from you!!  The next two state conferences will be in the Fall 2018 in New York City area, and the Spring 2019 in the Buffalo/Niagara area. If you live in one of these areas and would like to speak without having to travel, let us know!
  *BONUS* AST awards one credit for preparing your presentation, and one credit each time you make the presentation! So you can earn 2 extra credits if you present at one of our conferences!!
New York Association of Surgical Technologists, 576 East River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072