Association of Surgical Technologists

California State Assembly

Association of Surgical Technologists
Association of Surgical Technologists

March 10, 2018 - FREE WORKSHOP

Robotic Surgery Workshop - TransOral Robotic Surgery
CE Credits:
4 Approved by AST

Keck Hospital of USC
1500 San Pablo St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
John Springer,
1615 Yosemite Dr, Apt 310
Los Angeles, CA, 90041


California State Assembly of The Association of Surgical Technologists "Promoting excellence in surgical patient care through Surgical Technology"


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fernando Mendoza, CST, President
December 1, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

California State Assembly

Dear fellow Surgical Technologists:

Thank you very much for your trust and support to keep making CA-SA stronger. For those of you that don’t know, my name is Fernando D. Mendoza, CST, and President of the California State Assembly of AST. I have been a Surgical Technologist for 30 years active both in surgery and in the teaching environment. I have worked in the university/education setting for more than 20 years at Keck Hospital of USC, and currently at UCLA. I have had the opportunity to scrub in all specialties including cardiac surgery and transplants. As a surgical technologist I can tell you that surgery and teaching are my passion. I have had the opportunity to travel in a mission work with Operation Smile to Colombia and El Salvador. I am an active member of Operation Hope at UCLA, performing Cardiac deformities surgery on children in Central and South America.

I have been a Surgical Technology Instructor at Glendale Career College for 22 years. This amazing experience of working every day with students and sharing my knowledge, seeing their progress as they evolve in their professional journey is one of my greatest accomplishments. Hiring, training, mentoring and observing a new graduate succeed, is my greatest satisfaction.

I am the Students Coordinator at UCLA Santa Monica Hospital for clinical rotation which gives me an opportunity to remain in the sterile field, proctoring the students and assisting them in mastering their hands-on techniques as needed. I would like to thank UCLA Santa Monica Hospital for their support on my new role as president of CA-SA.  I would never change my career and if I had the chance to do it again I would choose the same profession without hesitation.

The challenge as President of CA-SA has been made easier thanks to a wonderful Board of Directors and faithful members. It has awakened on many of us the need to get involved and make a difference in our state, our nation and more importantly our profession. We have a long road to go… but with the new force, new student volunteers, and new CST’s wanting to participate and get involved in issues affecting our profession, we can make our goals easier to achieve. On behalf of CA-SA’s Board of Directors I thank everyone for making California a state that shines when it comes to pride in our profession. We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the best of the New Year for you and your family.

Please remember, that CA-SA is open to all surgical technology students, new graduates and Certified Surgical Technologists who want to make a difference in our profession. We are bigger, eager, and stronger than ever.

Happy Holidays CA-SA membership!

 Fernando Mendoza, CST, President

California State Assembly of AST


State Assembly Leadership Forum

AST Preconference Event - Wednesday, May 30, 2018
7 CEs

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Save the Date!

The State Assembly Leadership Committee (SALC) and AST cordially invite you to attend the 2018 State Assembly Leadership Forum. This pre-conference event will provide you with a hands-on experience dedicated to practitioners sharing together to strengthen our state assembly foundation. This event is an opportunity to learn more about the state assembly system and access the wealth of information that is available to you.

Registration opens February 1, 2018, and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
$50 - AST members with full conference registration only