Iowa Lakes Community College is proud to announce the election of Michael J. Morson into the position of Vice President for the Association of Surgical Technologists Student Association. Michael was voted into his position during the AST National Conference in Denver, Colo., in May. With nearly 2,000 attendants and almost 100 exhibitors, the AST National Conference is the number one event for professionals in the perioperative industry. There, attendants benefit from one-on-one face time with operating room decision makers.
Michael is expecting to graduate this summer with a diploma in Surgical Technology. He credits his wife, Brenda, for helping him decide to attend Iowa Lakes. She graduated from the Iowa Lakes Surgical Technology Program in July 2013.
“Her passion and excitement for her new career inspired me to follow in her steps,” Michael said. “Without her encouragement and support, I would not have been able to have the successes I have been able to experience so far in this field, such as running and becoming elected the ASTSA National Vice-President.”
Michael will hold this prestigious title for a year, until the next officer to take his place is elected.
“This past year in the Iowa Lakes Surgical Technology Program, I was elected as the Class President of our Surgical Technology Program by my peers,” Michael said. “Running for office on the national level seemed like the next natural progression in my career.”
And, he believes this can help him in his career.
“I decided to run for office, as I thought it would be a great opportunity to network and get involved in my new chosen profession with other students, seasoned veterans from across the country, as well as the elected AST officers and board members at the national level.”
Michael hopes to gain valuable information for his program while serving as an officer for ASTSA. He also wishes to remain as an active member for AST and be in a state of constant learning from peers and colleagues.
Being Vice-President of ASTSA holds many responsibilities and exciting opportunities for Michael.
“Over the next year, the other 3 elected officers of the ASTSA and myself will have monthly conference calls, fly to a neutral location in the winter for a face to face meeting with AST Board Members, and meet at next year’s National AST Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Our conference calls and meetings are to discuss issues for current and future students in our profession, which will be posted in the quarterly ASTSA newsletter,” Michael said.
“We will also meet to plan the Student Forum day at next year’s AST National Conference, to be held in May of 2015,” he said. “As officers we will plan, prepare and lead next year’s Student Forum day, which will include finding guest speakers, sponsors for prizes, and holding next year’s student elections.”
AST advocates for quality patient care through the enhancement of the profession of surgical technology before state and federal regulatory and legislative bodies.