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      • We are launching a new Turnover Time in July and will be featuring "A multicenter, prospective, controlled clinical trial of surgical stabilization of rib fractures in patients with severe, nonflail facture patterns (Chest Wall Injury Society NONFLAIL)."

      • The education committee will be launching Forks and Things, a video overview of relevant trauma algorithms. The first featured will be "Updated guidelines to reduce venous thromboembolism in trauma patients: A Western Trauma Association critical decisions algorithm"

    • A series of virtual professional development sessions will occur this summer and fall. Discussion topics will include marketing yourself, interviewing, and an overview of various ACS practices
    Awards, and Development Chair Updates:

    The AAST’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and Associate Member Council are hosting an essay contest for medical students, residents, and fellows. The Winners of this contest will have their essays published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open and receive a $250 cash prize!
      • For the essay competition, please send your final word document to by MONDAY, JULY 26TH.
        Click Here to Learn More!

      • Congratulations to AAST Associate Member Dr. Christine Leeper for her selection as one of three recipients of the $50,000 AAST Research Scholarship.  Dr. Leeper, an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is studying trauma-induced coagulopathy in the pediatric population. For more information on Dr. Leeper's project and the other research project winners, click here!

    • We are working with the Research and Education Fund Committee to reach a goal of 400 AAST donors.  We recently launched a giveaway campaign where two associate members who make a gift will be selected at random to receive a prize.  This is a great opportunity for the associate membership to show our support. Here is the link to donate (any amount counts!)

    Communications and Social Media Chair Updates:

    Join our WhatsApp specific groups including members interested in research, jobs, and clinical questions. Email Brea Sanders at if you are interested in joining.
    • Make sure to join us at the AAST Annual Meeting this year for our Happy Hour - Thursday 9/30, 6-7 pm!
    • Stay tuned for the latest social media initiative - #AASTagAlong in which we will follow Dr. Hassan Mashbari in a day in the life of an ACS/SCC fellow on 7/23!
    • Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and now Facebook for the latest. 
    • Make sure to keep your membership directory info up to date, click here
    Events Not To Miss:
    Upcoming AAST Professional Development Series:

    Visit for speakers and webinar links. All professional development series start at 7 PM EST/6 PM CST.
    • Wednesday, July 28th - Secure the Right Job + Market Yourself
    • Tuesday, August 24th - Organizing Your CV + Interview Practice
    Upcoming AAST Virtual Grand Rounds Series:

    Visit for speakers and webinar links. All virtual grand rounds start at 5 PM EST/4 PM CST.
    • August 18, 2021, National Wellness Month

    • September 2021 - None, Enjoy the AAST Annual Meeting!

    Upcoming Trauma Meetings Visit our Meetings Calendar

    6th Annual Injury Prevention Professionals Virtual Symposium
    September 7, 2021- September 10, 2021

    Emergency Surgery Course September 2021
    September 27, 2021- September 28, 2021

    80th Annual Meeting of AAST & Clinical Congress of Acute Care Surgery
    September 29, 2021- October 2, 2021


    Information Regarding the Annual Meeting
    • Click Below for:
      • Registration
      • Meeting Program
      • Take note of Associate Member specific events:
        • Tuesday 9/28, 1-5 pm: AAST Pre-Session, “The New Surgeon: Life after Residency and Fellowship” 
        • Thursday 9/30, 1:10-2:25 pm: AAST Lunch Session, “The Power of Mentorship: A No-Lecture, Round Table Discussion”
        • Thursday 9/30, 6-7 pm: AAST AM Happy Hour!

    More Info Regarding the Annual Meeting can be Found by Clicking Below!

    Info about Scholarships and Grants
    • Please Strongly Consider Applying for an AAST Scholarship or Grant During the Next Application Cycle in 2022! For information on AAST scholarships, click here.
    • Congratulations 2021 Research Scholarship Awardees!
      • Mehreen Kisat, MD
        • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
        • "Improving Diagnosis Of Post-Traumatic Sepsis Using Sequencing Of Microbial DNA In Blood" 
      • Samuel Carmichael, MD.
        • Wake Forest School of Medicine  
        • "Anti-Fibrotic Therapies for Prevention of Abdominal Adhesions"
      • Christine M. Leeper, MD MS
        • UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, 
        • "Characterizing Endotheliopathy in a Pediatric Trauma Cohort"
    More Information and Applications can be Found at the Link Below!
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