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By: Rita Brooks, MEd, RPSGT, R EEG/EP T on June 14th, 2018

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Where Was AAST? Looking Back and Looking Forward … into the Future!

AAST’s absence at the 2018 SLEEP meeting in Baltimore last week has triggered numerous inquiries from the sleep community — sleep technologists, physicians and vendors. Many are wondering and asking what happened. Things were very different at this year’s meeting.

Since its inception as the APT in 1978, the AAST Annual Meeting was always a part of the SLEEP meeting. Technologists were welcome partners who met alongside and interacted with physicians and colleagues at the annual SLEEP meeting. As technologists, we added a crucial element to this meeting, as we were active consumers, learners and educators for the sleep profession at these conferences. We learned, laughed, danced and performed together at the annual blues night. It truly was a great collaboration.

In 2017, AAST left AASM to become a completely independent professional entity: the professional association for the sleep community.

As a result, the 2017 SLEEP meeting in Boston was the last APSS meeting for AAST. In early 2017, APSS/AASM leadership informed AAST that they were no longer welcome to participate in the annual SLEEP meeting.

While we don’t understand why APSS has decided to disallow participation of the sleep technologist professional association, we are extremely excited about our upcoming Annual Meeting this September in Indianapolis. It is a fantastic venue for sleep technologists, vendors, our physician friends and all others who wish to join us at this historic first independent and 40th anniversary meeting!

We have planned a great educational and social program that features excellent presentations, relevant workshops, a packed vendor area that includes learning opportunities, as well as the traditional blues night event that promises to be a super fun night in Indianapolis.

The AAST Annual Meeting, always an outstanding educational offering for participants at all levels, will continue as the flagship meeting for the organization with the unwavering support of our leaders, members and supporters.

So, if you missed us in Baltimore, we want you to know we are here and stronger than ever. And the good news is you can join us in Indianapolis!

Our doors are open to all of our friends in the sleep community. We will be celebrating 40 years of supporting the sleep technologist profession jointly with the BRPT — our credentialing body — and our first standalone annual meeting.

AAST: Our future’s so bright, we have to wear shades! Have a great summer. See you in September!