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  • International Relations Committee

  • Mission:

    To enhance the knowledge and involvement of the International Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Community in the activities of the AAST, and to enhance the academic and scholarship role of the AAST in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, globally.


    IRC helps to expand AAST’s academic leadership and professional impact in Trauma and EGS care to the global stage, and serves as the gateway for international academic and scholarly activity and outreach for the AAST and its members.

    General Goals:

    This year, while building on the progress already established under Dr. Ronald Maier’s chairmanship, the International Relations Committee (IRC) will work closely with the AAST leadership and its members to redefine the IRC’s mission and goals to ensure that we are in alignment with AAST’s strategic research (SR) and ACS initiatives. The International Relations Committee will continue to develop programs that foster and support an optimal environment for the involvement of the international community in AAST activities, including:

    Poster Professors: International leaders will continue to be involved with the poster sessions and be among the Professors who lead the poster sessions.

    Master Surgeon Lecture (International): Last year, the Board of Managers and the Program Committee approved the reinstitution of an additional Master Surgeon Lecture; the lecture will be given by an international speaker. Last year, Dr. Christine Gaarder & Dr. Ian Civil delivered the Master Surgeon Lectures suggested by the committee. This year, the IRC will provide President Croce with an advisory list for his selection of the 2019 International Master Surgeon Lecturer.

    Annual Lunch Sessions (International): The International Relations Committee will submit a selection of topics and moderators to be considered by the Program Committee for a lunch session.

    Collaboration/Integration with AAST Committees:

    During this year, IRC will work closely with all of the AAST committees on international initiatives, but we will specifically focus on our work with the Acute Care Surgery Committee and the Patient Assessment Committee for the promulgation of the various strategic initiatives outlined by President Croce.

    IRC will also work closely with the AAST Multi-Institutional Trials Committee to explore international opportunities for collaboration and to enhance the size and number of studies being conducted.

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