• Membership Criteria

    Membership in the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma is based on demonstration of sustained commitment to Acute Care Surgery which includes Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery. Surgeons who are fellows of the American College of Surgeons (or equivalent organization for International members) with clinical practice in Acute Care Surgery or any of its components are welcome to apply for membership as AAST fellows. Surgical residents, fellows and junior faculty within 5 years of achieving FACS may apply as Associate members. Other physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and other allied health professionals may apply for membership as AAST Contributing Scientists.

    AAST Fellows

    To qualify, the following must be met:

    • Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
    • Verified attendance at a past annual meeting of AAST
    • Successful completion of an ACS Committee on Trauma ATLS Course

    Membership applications will be assessed for leadership in relevant professional organizations, research productivity, educational involvement, and service to the community. Successful applicants may demonstrate commitment in any of the components of Acute Care surgery. Examples of this commitment are noted below.

    Leadership

    • Demonstration of leadership positions including committee chairs of national organizations, regional leadership in the trauma system or state quality improvement activities, local leadership in the hospital or university

    Research

    • Publications in peer reviewed journals of scholarly work
    • Grant funding to support research activities
    • Participation in Multi-institutional trials

    Education

    • Engaged in teaching courses relevant to Acute Care Surgery
    • ACS or Surgical Critical Care Program Director
    • Local, Regional, and National CME presentations
    • Participation in Best practice guideline development

    Service

    • Military service, active or reserves
    • Stop the Bleed or Injury prevention activities in the community
    • Relevant Institutional committee participation
    • Committee participation in national organizations

    International Fellows

    To qualify, the following must be met:

    • Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) or equivalent
    • Successful completion of an ACS Committee on Trauma ATLS Course
    • Attendance at an AAST Annual Meeting either prior to applying or the year after voted into membership
    • Sponsorship by an AAST member, and one letter of recommendation by a doctor in the field of Acute Care Surgery

    Membership applications will be assessed for leadership in relevant professional organizations, research productivity, educational involvement, and service to the community. Successful applicants may demonstrate commitment in any of the components of Acute Care surgery. Examples of this commitment are noted below.

    Leadership

    • Demonstration of leadership positions including committee chairs of international organizations, local or regional leadership in the trauma system or quality improvement activities in your local, regional or country, leadership in the hospital or university

    Research

    • Publications in peer reviewed journals of scholarly work
    • Grant funding to support research activities
    • Participation in Multi-institutional trials

    Education

    • Engaged in teaching courses relevant to Acute Care Surgery
    • Program Director for surgical fellowships
    • Local, Regional, and National presentations
    • Participation in Best practice guideline development

    Service

    • Military service, active or reserves
    • Stop the Bleed or Injury prevention activities in the community
    • Relevant Institutional committee participation
    • Committee participation in national organizations

    AAST Contributing Scientist

    To qualify, the following must be met:

    • Verified attendance at a past annual meeting of AAST

    Membership applications will be assessed for scholarly activity including research productivity and educational contributions as detailed below. Successful applicants may demonstrate commitment in any of the components of Acute Care surgery.

    Scholarly Activity

    • Publications in peer reviewed journals of scholarly work
    • Grant funding to support research activities
    • Local, Regional, and National, International CME presentations
    • National or International Course director
    • Publication of book chapters
    • Textbook editor/co-editor
    • Journal Editor/associate editor
    • Editorial Board membership
    • Mentorship of trainees
    • Membership on NIH study section

    Associate Members

    Associate membership is open to surgical residents, fellows, and junior faculty.** Applications will be reviewed for commitment to the field of Acute Care Surgery and sponsorship by a AAST fellow. Applicants will be required to submit an essay outlining their interest in the field and 2 letters of recommendation. To remain active, associate members must apply for membership as AAST fellows if they are beyond 5 years from achieving FACS status.

    Participation as an Associate Fellow will be looked upon favorably by the membership committee in evaluating applications for AAST Fellows, but will not guarantee acceptance.

     

    Applications are accepted ONLINE only. Deadline for membership application is May 1.

     ** Junior faculty who qualify are those just out of fellowship until 5 years after achieving fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.  After that time the associate member would be required to apply as an Active Fellow in AAST. 

    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