January 2018

Published Quarterly by the Association of Surgical Assistants © 2018 Association of Surgical Assistants. All rights reserved. The Surgical Assistant The next ASAmeeting is schedule for Cincinnati, Ohio, September 28-29 at the Westin Cincinnati. The hotel rate is $149/night plus taxes. Several speakers have already been identified and two hands-on work- shops are under discussion. ASA has begun to explore some new stand-alone hands-on education- al opportunities for surgical assistants. The goal is to offer surgical assistants more advance practice education ave- nues outside of the customary meet- ings. Initially, ASA is reviewing some resources for an orthopedic cadaver lab and additional daVinci training which has proven to be in high demand. In Phoenix, we were limited by the capacity limits required by Intuitive Surgical. ASA recognizes that many surgical assistants need formal train- ing on surgical robots that is certified as daVinci. Beyond the initial training, ASA is also researching opportuni- ties for advanced training with daVinci. (pix from Phoenix) Next spring, ASA and NSAA will sponsor the first joint meeting for both organizations, in Rosemont, Illinois, April 26-27, 2019 at the Embassy Suites. The rates are $143 and $163 plus taxes. Legislatively, ASA has been active in Texas, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee. ASA has been part- nering with NSAA and American Surgical Professionals in both Texas VOL. 24, NO. 1 WINTER 2018 Inside: What’s ComingUp for ASA! 1–3 2018 ASANational Elections 4 Association of Surgical Assistants Statement of Activities 5 HowDoes ASA Benefit Me? 6 Why JoinASA? 7 Continued on page 3 WHAT’S COMING UP FOR ASA! GREG SALMON, CSFA, ASA PRESIDENT

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