• Membership Criteria

    Active Membership Criteria

    All Candidates (US and International)

    Active fellowship is open to surgeons who fulfill the criteria listed below:

    • Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) or equivalent international surgical college
    • Successful completion of an ACS Committee on Trauma ATLS course
    • Verified attendance at a past annual meeting of the AAST

    MEMBERSHIP REQUIRES A SUBSTANTIAL AND SUSTAINED COMMITMENT TO THE FIELD OF ACUTE CARE SURGERY (TRAUMA, SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE AND EMERGENCY GENERAL SURGERY) AS EVIDENCED BY THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES:

    • Active engagement in and a record of scholarly work in the field of acute care surgery (trauma, burns, surgical critical care or emergency general surgery) 
    • Membership on ACS Committee on Trauma or active participation in its programs (current or past)
    • An institutional leadership role in trauma, burn, surgical critical care or emergency general surgery
    • Advanced fellowship training in Acute Care Surgery or its components 
    • Clinical practice in the area of acute care surgery (trauma, burns, surgical critical care or emergency general surgery)
    • Active service to EMS, disaster, or trauma systems organizations: local, regional, state, or national
    • Active participation in local, regional, or national trauma or burn prevention programs
    • Active participation in acute care surgery educational programs (for physicians or allied health personnel), at the local, regional, or national level
    • Active engagement and a record of substantial contributions to health policy and advocacy related to acute care surgery

    Applications are due May 1.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered


    Honorary Membership Criteria

    Nominees for AAST Honorary Membership should fulfill the following criteria:

    • The importance of their research/clinical accomplishments should be well known to the active member of the AAST who will nominate the individual
    • The importance of their research/clinical accomplishments should be confirmed by contact with their national, regional, or international society in trauma/surgical critical care/emergency surgery/burns
    • Their visibility in the United States has been enhanced by attendance at and participation in prior meetings of the ACS, AAST, EAST, WTA, SCCM, ABA, etc.
    • Willingness to attend the AAST meeting in which they would receive their certificate as an Honorary Member

    To nominate an Honorary Member, please submit the following to AAST by May 1st:

    • Nomination by an active AAST member
    • Three letters of recommendation from active AAST members
    • The prime nominator will collate the three letters in support of the nominee and the nominee's curriculum vitae and submit by May 1st of the year of the nomination