2019 San Juan, Puerto Rico

Save the Date!
2019 Annual Conference
May 3-5
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Conference Presenters & Topics

Featured Speakers Include:
Dr. Luis de las Casas, Rapid Assessment of FNA specimens
Dr. Adele Kraft, Thyroid FNA
Dr. Luis Diaz-Rosario, Gyn Cytology
Amber Donnelly, Technology in the Classroom

2019 Bob Gay Lecture Series
Sponsored by ASCT Services
Dorothy L. Rosenthal, MD Professor Emerita of Pathology Division of Cytopathology John Hopkins Medicine

Other Presentations Include:
An Occupational Therapist on Ergonomics--Microscope vs. Hands: Helping the hands to win this battle

Panel Luncheon: Doctors from the Puerto Rico Health Department on the effect of Hurricane Maria on the mortality of Puerto Rico and lessons learned.
Speakers include: Dr. Cruz M. Nazario, Dr. Eric Suarez and Dr. Cinthia Perez

Student Presentations
ASCT invites Cytotechnology students in cytotech pro-grams to participate in the ASCT Student Case Presenta-tions at our 2019 Annual Conference. Present what you have learned during your cytology training and you will have the opportunity to win up to $150!


A melting pot of cultures, Puerto Rico was once described by a national travel guide as a “paradise’s baby wrapped in an urban comforter, with a U.S. uncle and a Spanish mother.”

For more than five centuries the converging cultures of the Caribbean Indians, Spain, Africa, and North America have blended to create a uniquely Puerto Rican heritage evident in our food, music, language, architecture, religion, lifestyles, and arts and crafts.

San Juan
The Old San Juan neighborhood was originally conceived as a military stronghold. The forts San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristóbal were built to protect the Island from military attacks in the 16th century making Puerto Rico, today, the oldest place with european arquitecture in the United States.
In the present, both forts are a World Heritage and National Historic Site, administered by the U.S. National Park Service. The Fort San Felipe del Morro is known for being the largest fortification in the Caribbean.

A few of the details that distinguish the Old San Juan City are the 500-year-old cobblestone streets, the trademark tile roofs, ornate balconies and  the heavy wooden doors guarding secret courtyards and gardens.  These are all traits of the Spanish influence in the Puerto Rican architecture.  If you only have a day in Old San Juan, tour one of the forts and then simply walk the colorful streets of Old San Juan.  Get lost around the 7 colorful blocks full of historical gems, museums, relaxed cafes, great shops, exquisite restaurants and more!

The Island‘s architecture speaks of its cultural diversity. A tour of building facades and homes tells a tale of the evolving lifestyles over the past centuries. The buildings vary from historic and picturesque, to modern and efficient.


Sheraton Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Special room rate is $145/night + taxes, make sure to ask for the ASCT room block.  Cut off date is Monday, April 1st at 5:00 p.m. local time.
The Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel is located just a short ride from the international airport and right on the waterfront, providing gorgeous views of San Juan Bay and the historic skyline. Just steps from our front door, you will be introduced to world class shopping, the finest restaurants, exciting nightlife and the beautiful architectural landmarks of Old San Juan.


Fun Facts
There are hundreds of non-stop flights in and out of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) every day. Chicago is less than five hours away. New York, under four. And Panama City, under three. Just hop on a plane, take a nap, and wake up in San Juan.  Getting around once you’re in Puerto Rico is easy. Taxis are everywhere and your favorite rental car companies are all here.

U.S. citizens don't need a passport to visit Puerto Rico, and there are no customs to deal with. In Puerto Rico, people drive on the right hand side of the road, use the same currency and enjoy every other travel convenience as the U.S. mainland.

Puerto Rico boasts world-class golf, the El Yunque National Rainforest, and the cobblestone streets, buildings and forts that make up
the World Heritage Site of Old San Juan. Take time to enjoy superb local and international cuisine, live music, nightlife and casinos that make Puerto Rico pulse.

The average year-round temperature is a balmy 82º F (28º C), with mild easterly trade winds. Most days are sunny and stunning, although there tends to be a bit more rain between August and October.

In Puerto Rico you willl find just about every type of ethnic cuisine here that satisfies every palate, including local “cocina criolla" which you must try as soon as you arrive. Puerto Rican cooking is often compared to Spanish, Cuban and Mexican cuisine, it is a unique tasty blend of Spanish, African, Taíno, and American influences.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth so the U.S. dollar it is. No need to exchange currency. ATMs are generally easy to find. Most businesses accept major credit cards, as well as traveler’s checks.

AST (Atlantic Standard Time) = Eastern U.S. Daylight Savings Time (EDT)