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Message from the President - September 2019

Posted by Melinda Trimble, RST, RPSGT, LRCP President on Sep 18, 2019 12:01:00 PM


President’s Corner

I am excited to have the opportunity to connect with all of you as I begin my tenure as your AAST President, and want you to know that it is a privilege to serve you in this role. I’d like to start by thanking our membership. We are a unique and dedicated community. Together, I know we will continue to lead this profession and am so excited for what comes next. In future President’s messages, I will be sharing the exciting work our AAST Board and Committees are working on to assure we are bringing value to you as AAST members. I would love to hear from you, if you have a question, idea, or suggestion. I look forward to working beside you over the next two years!

Thank You for Attending the 2019 Annual Meeting

As the dust settles from this year’s conference, I want to take the time to thank you, our attendees, for your support in attending our 2019 Annual Meeting. Secondly, I want to extend my appreciation to the dedicated AAST volunteers on this year’s program committee, who planned an education-packed, thought-provoking conference! Leading the Evolution in Sleep was a great success due to the engaged attendees, highly knowledgeable speakers, and our generous sponsors.

CCSH Designated Education Program

We continue to collaborate with our credentialing organization, the BRPT, to support our members by developing educational tools for technologists seeking the RPSGT credential as well as those seasoned technologists seeking advanced learning and/or the CCSH credential. In case you missed the in-person workshop, the AAST will be releasing an online version of the CCSH Designated Education Program, which will be available through the AAST Learning Center. If you are an RPSGT credential holder who has renewed your credential at least once, check back this winter to enroll in this program and begin your journey toward the CCSH credential.

Renewal Season is Around the Corner – Continue to be Part of the AAST Community

We are a volunteer organization dedicated to our members, and we could not do it without you. As we start planning for 2020, one thing we want to make sure we have is you!

The renewal period for 2020 membership opens October 7, 2019. Renew your AAST membership for 2020, and continue to receive the support that AAST provides so you can continue to grow personally and professionally, and take advantage of the exclusive resources available to you as a member:

Education and Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

  • Free CECs with the quarterly publication of A2Zzz and monthly educational offerings such as the Case of the Month and Journal Club
  • Access to relevant and timely sleep education updates through member resources and tools including blogs, technical guidelines, and more
  • CEC tracking with My CEC Portal

Member Exclusive Discounts

  • The best rates on event registration and a plethora of basic and advanced learning modules for those seeking useful information along with CECs
  • Access to the Career Center and resources for employers and job seekers


  • Access to a network of over 4,000 sleep professionals from whom you can seek out advice and best practices
  • Volunteer opportunities to serve on committees and on the Board of Directors

Third Edition of Fundamentals of Sleep Technology Available Now

As you all know, there have been significant changes in sleep medicine over the past year. These changes are affecting the role of the sleep technologist; and are opening the doors for positive changes for our profession. This edition has been extensively updated and expanded to reflect current practice, the latest technology, and the broader roles and responsibilities of the sleep technologist. The textbook has expanded to 76 chapters, to include many of the new and exciting changes we are seeing in sleep medicine. Get your copy through the AAST Online Store today!