2019 San Juan, Puerto Rico


2019 Annual Conference
May 3-5
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Sheraton Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Special conference room rate of $145/night + taxes and hotel fee. 
 Cut off date is Monday, April 1st at 5:00 p.m. local time.
Online:  Click here to book your hotel reservation online.

Phone:  For individual call-in reservations, guests must call the hotel’s reservation department at 787-721-5100 or via email at reservations@sheratonoldsanjuan.com and request the room(s) blocked under the ASCT Annual Conference.  Hours:  M-F: 8:30 - 5:00, Sat: 9:00 - 4:00, Sun:  closed  
Stay longer! Want to extend your stay before May 1 or after May 5?  Call the hotel directly to add additional dates to your reservation.  

Each guest must provide a major credit card upon booking the reservation.  A non-refundable one night deposit of room ($145), tax (currently 9%) and hotel fee (24%) will be charged upon booking the reservation.  Hotel Fee includes:  unlimited use of health club/fitness center, recreational facilities, in-room coffee and bottle water (two per day), wireless internet access and (800), long distance calls to the USA and credit card access calls. Hotel check-in:  after 3:00pm Hotel check-out:  11:00am

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.

Conference Presenters & Topics

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

2019 Bob Gay Lecture Series
 Sponsored by ASCT Services
Tatjana Antic, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology; Director of Cytopathology; Director, Cytopathology Fellowship; Pathology Chief Quality Officer, The University of Chicago Medicine

Other Presentations Include:
An Occupational Therapist on Ergonomics--Microscope vs. Hands: Helping the hands to win this battle
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 programs to participate in the ASCT Student Case Presentations 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!  Student registration is FREE!!!

Registration Fees

ASCT Student Member: FREE
ASCT Member:  $360 | after April 3 $410
Non-member:  $440 | after April 3 $490
Non-member Student:  FREE (with complimentary  1 year membership included!)
Member Fri only:  $195
Non-member Fri only:  $265
Member Sat only:  $195
Non-member Sat only:  $265
Member Sun only: $75
Non-member Sun only:  $120

Saturday Afternoon Tour | Flavors of San Juan
Saturday, May 4, 3:30pm & 4:00pm tour times
Experience the flavors of San Juan!  On a 3 hour walking foodie tour, you will sample up to 10 dishes; including local coffee, enjoy a hands-on experience making the local dish "mofongo", 1 alcoholic drink, and much more!   You will visit 5 local mom and pop's in Old San Juan.  
Cost $100 


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.

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 will 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)