The AAST mission is accomplished through the following:
- The Annual Meeting of the AAST provides a forum for scientific presentations, exchange of ideas and techniques, and continuing medical education.
- The AAST publishes the Journal of Trauma, the leading source for peer-reviewed publications in trauma, surgical critical care and emergency general surgery.
- The AAST founded and oversees the Acute Care Surgery Fellowship training programs.
- The AAST provides research funding and scholarships for medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.
- The AAST supports, conducts and fosters multi-institutional trials and studies.
- The AAST provides representation and leadership to national medical and surgical organizations including the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors and Committee on Trauma.
- The AAST promotes international collaboration and scientific exchange by conducting joint society meetings.
- The AAST supports United States military surgeons through special programs, and military-specific educational sessions at the AAST Annual Meeting.
Today, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is the premier academic trauma surgery organization in the United States and has approximately 1,200 members from 30 countries.
The Association publishes the Journal of Trauma and holds annual scientific meetings designed to exchange knowledge pertaining to current research practice and training in the surgery of trauma and support research studies to investigate new methods of preventing, correcting and treating traumatic injuries.
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