AAST's mission of inclusion and diversity is accomplished through the following:
- Creating, welcoming, and actively promoting diversity within its membership and leadership
- Ensuring transparency and equity in all decisions related to scholarships, membership, and leadership positions
- Actively promoting diversity in programming and participation in the Annual Scientific Meeting
- Initiation of educational efforts aimed at eliminating health inequities and increasing cultural awareness within the profession of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
- Advocating for issues that affect disadvantaged patient populations
- Striving to dismantle systemic inequities that influence the work of the organization
- Providing career development opportunities for surgeon scholars and leaders from diverse backgrounds
- Further developing diverse representation on the editorial boards of both AAST journals, TSACO and JTACS.
Statement of Principles Regarding Meeting Location
Included in the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma's (AAST) mission statement is a dedication to diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI). Furthermore, the purpose of the Annual Meeting is outlined as "a forum for scientific presentations, exchange of ideas and techniques, and continuing medical education." To be consistent with our commitment to DEl, we believe when choosing locations, the Annual Meeting should consider locations which embrace DEI, but we recognize that systemic inequities are rampant and no location is completely equitable. For this reason, the AAST will strive to embrace diversity by considering a potential location's commitment to DEl initiatives. Additionally, the AAST will attempt to integrate the Annual Meeting's programming into local programs with the aim of combating inequities and advancing DEI for members of the community.
Statement on Domestic Terrorism
The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) condemns all acts of domestic terrorism, discrimination, and racism. The AAST calls on our political and community leaders to produce solutions to these persistent acts of hate that prevent individual members of society from diverse backgrounds from living their lives without fear of violence.
Statement on Proposed JTACS and TSACO Editorial Consideration
The AAST aspires for our journals to be diverse, equitable, and inclusive. To achieve this goal, the Editors in Chief will develop and adhere to processes, practices, and policies aimed at removing barriers for underrepresented groups in the publication of scientific research. Additionally, the journals will publish content reflecting this commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the field of Acute Care Surgery.
DEI Grant Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS to the AAST’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as one of the awarded recipients for the 2021-2022 inaugural Board of Regents Innovative Grant for DEI & Anti-Racism on behalf of the American College of Surgeons. The $50,000 grant awarded by the College will be matched by the AAST and the co-sponsoring societies including the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma [ACS COT] and the Pediatric Trauma Society [PTS]. The committee has accomplished the following goals and looks forward to achieving even more:
- Introduced the Pipeline Program to establish a strategic mentoring and professional development program for racially/ethnically underrepresented middle and high school students interested in surgery, trauma, and medicine
- Developed a pipeline of under-represented racial/ethnic minority medical students, residents, and in-training fellows interested in surgery, trauma, and medicine
AAST’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and Associate Member Council Diversity Essay Contest
The AAST’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and Associate Member Council are hosting an essay contest for medical students, residents, and fellows as a part of this year’s 82nd Annual Meeting of AAST & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery. The contest serves to To give voice to underrepresented medical students, residents, and fellows, and promote diversity within the field of acute care surgeryThe winners of this contest will have their essays published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open and receive registration and two (2) nights of housing at the 2024 Annual Meeting. Information for 2024's essay contest will be released in Summer 2024.
AAST/SBAS Visiting Professorship Program
The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma DEI Committee partnered with the Society of Black Academic Surgeons to promote the careers of early to mid-career AAST-SBAS members and recognize academic excellence. This professorship will provide an active member of AAST and SBAS at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor who is within 15 years of their faculty appointment the opportunity to serve as a Visiting Professor for the Department of Surgery at a host institution. The host institution will sponsor the visiting professor visit over a 2-day period and provide opportunities for the visiting professor to not only to give Grand Rounds, but provide other opportunities for mentorship and involvement with students, residents, and faculty.
Further information can be viewed here.
Recent Lunch Sessions and Publications
- Cutting Edge Articles
- “Allocating a Scare Resource and the Importance of Mentorship and DEI”
- “A Reflection on Definitions and Meaning”
- “Fixing the Leaky Pipeline to Careers in Surgery: A Longitudinal Mentoring Program for High School Students”
- “Supporting Intersectionality in Trauma Surgery”
- Lunch Sessions
- “Solutions to Achieving Health Equity and Eliminating Health Care Disparities within Acute Care Surgery”; Presented at the 2023 Annual Meeting
- “Quality Care is Equitable Care: A Call to Action to Link Quality to Achieving Health Equity within Trauma and Acute Care Surgery”; Presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting and Manuscript published to TSACO
DEI Call for Volunteers
The AAST’S DEI Committee is seeking volunteers to be a part of this committee to help aid, drive, and execute important upcoming projects including the ACS Board of Regents Innovative Grant for DEI & Anti-Racism. The sub-committees that members can volunteer for include the below. If you would like to be a committee member but do not have a preference on which sub-committee you are placed on, that is fine.
- Communication and Education
- Liaison to the Communication committee
- Developing content for Cutting Edge, Tools for Acute Care Surgery (TACS), and social media
- DEI Essay Contest for medical students, residents, and fellows
- Virtual Grand Rounds- cultural complications
- Submitting Program Proposals for the annual meeting
- Communication and Advocacy
- Publicize DEI accomplishments- DEI committee, members, organization
- Highlight/spotlight members from URM groups- cross post with SBAS, LSS, SAAS, AWS
- Rapid communication response to DEI-related events
- Seek outside grants, programs, etc. that can help aide in AAST’s DEI initiatives
- DEI Innovative grant (announcement after 11/2)
- Visiting Professorships- SBAS, LSS, SAAS
- Outreach to other societies
- Pathway to leadership formal mentorship program
- Liaison to the MICT committee
- Research demographics of the organization- membership, and leadership
- Creation of Speakers Resource List
- DEI Research Grant/Scholarship (health disparities/health inequities) – Research and Education Committee
Please contact Sharon Gautschy if you wish to be placed on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.