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Message from the President - March 2019

Posted by Rita Brooks, MEd, RPSGT, R EEG/EP T on Mar 25, 2019 11:07:35 AM

2019 Annual Meeting Planning is Underway

As we begin the year the AAST is working on a number of new and exciting initiatives.  Education continues to be a primary focus of AAST, and we are working on providing relevant and useful programs to benefit our members at all levels, from beginners to seasoned technologists and educators.  Our program committee, comprised of dedicated AAST volunteers, is already hard at work preparing for our 2019 Annual Meeting, which will take place September 6-8 in St. Louis, Missouri. This year’s event will offer up to 20 CE credits and will feature two pre-meeting workshops, three keynote presentations, two distinguished lectures and more than 30 concurrent educational breakout sessions.  Registration will open in late April, so watch your Inboxes for more information. 

New CCSH Resources and Learning Tools

We continue to collaborate with the BRPT to support our credentialing body and our members by developing educational tools for the technologists seeking the RPSGT credential as well as those seasoned technologists seeking advanced learning. A dedicated committee is developing learning tools that are targeted toward those interested in taking the BRPT’s Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) credentialing examination.  This CCSH educational program is an exciting project that we hope to launch in late spring this year.   In the meantime, check out our new CCSH Resource page

PAP Titration Skills – Basic to Advanced

Another exciting project underway is our basic and advanced PAP titration project.  This set of online learning modules, supported by a generous educational grant from Philips, will take you through the process of PAP titration from CPAP to BPAP to ASV and AVAPS and AVAPS AE, outlining the basics of each titration mode and providing case studies to highlight real world experience with these modalities.  Complete with learning objectives and test questions, this course will provide CECs as well as a certificate for participants.

 3rd Edition of Fundamentals of Sleep Technology, coming soon…

Coming early summer, we expect that our 3rd edition of the Fundamentals of Sleep Technology textbook will launch!  This will be the culmination of more than two years of work by many of your friends and colleagues, and some very dedicated volunteers – including friend of AAST, Dr. T. Lee-Chiong. 

The textbook has expanded to 76 chapters, to include many of the new and exciting changes we are seeing in sleep medicine.  New topics include telemedicine, sleep apps and personal monitoring devices, dental sleep medicine, and the basis for developing inpatient programs such as pre-operative assessment and perioperative monitoring and inpatient assessment and monitoring programs to improve inpatient care.  All of the chapters on basic sleep medicine and technology were reviewed and updated, a new expanded infant and pediatric section that includes sleep disorders and polysomnography scoring in these populations was added, and the sleep center management section, an online bonus, includes billing and regulatory compliance information, an expanded comprehensive research section, and a review of various new roles that sleep technologists are filling today.   I am so grateful to all of the authors and reviewers who volunteered their time and expertise to produce this new edition of the textbook!  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed working on it!

Thank You to All Of Our Volunteers and Members

On behalf of the AAST Board of Directors I owe a big thank you to our volunteers; the committee chairs and members, Annual Meeting course chairs and faculty, A2Zzz contributing writers, and all involved members, for the continued success of the AAST.  We are a volunteer organization dedicated to our members, and we could not do it without you!  If you have not renewed your membership – please do; and if you are not a member click here to join; you will be glad you did!