The year was 1978. “Grease” was dominating the box office, “Night Fever” was at the top of the charts and a little organization called the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists (APT) was just getting its start. The group only had 20 members in the beginning, but that number grew steadily over the years as the association evolved. Forty years later, the APT is now the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) and has over 4,200 members committed to advancing the profession.
If you aren’t familiar with the storied history of AAST, it’s worth checking out on our website at aastweb.org/history. We’ve gone through many changes over the years, and we’re proud that we now lead the way in providing professional opportunities for sleep technologists and help members of every experience level to succeed and grow within the field.
While 40 years is an exciting milestone, I’m also thrilled that, this year, AAST is holding its first independent annual meeting. This inaugural meeting, which is being held in the fall in Indianapolis, was developed with members’ interests top of mind. We’re currently putting together an outstanding forward-thinking program with some of the best minds in the industry. Many thanks to everyone who submitted an abstract this year. We received so many amazing submissions. If you were not chosen as a speaker this year, it doesn’t mean we aren’t interested in what you have to say. In fact, your content might be perfect for an article in this magazine. A2Zzz is always accepting article submissions. Just email A2Zzz@aastweb.org. You can find writers guidelines here: aastweb.org/publication-info.
In addition to rich education, the 2018 Annual Meeting includes plenty of time to meet and learn from our vendors and exhibitors. You’ll also be able to meet with and learn from your peers during networking opportunities, including social networking events.
So, if you haven’t already, be sure to register for this brand-new AAST meeting, being held Sept. 28-30. Early-bird registration is only $275 before July 26, 2018. After that, the rate jumps $50, so don’t wait! AAST member registration includes access to all education sessions and networking events, and also includes access to the pre-conference sessions. For more information on the 2018 Annual Meeting, visit aastweb.org/2018annualmeeting.
I hope to see you there!