Active AAST Sponsored Surveys
The discipline of global surgery encompasses the equitable and high-quality delivery of clinical services, research, education, and advocacy on behalf of those afflicted by surgical conditions worldwide. 90% of the burden of trauma is thought to occur in low and middle-income countries. The aim of this survey is to collect information on international global surgical partnerships with low and middle-income countries amongst the AAST membership. The purpose of this survey is to display results in a comprehensive, current, open-access database. This will ideally enable interested trainees and faculty interested in collaborative efforts in this field to more easily find and pursue opportunities, and enhance efforts to address trauma in LMICs. Our objective is to pair people and institutions representing AAST members with interested people and institutions in LMICs. We are grateful for your participation.
*Adapted from a survey created by Dr. Mamta Swaroop and Dr. Marissa Boaeck
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As part of our continued effort to provide current and future AAST membership with optimal content for their use, we ask that you take 5 minutes to complete the survey (link below). This survey is designed to capture basic demographics of our current and future membership, content preferences and content delivery preferences for the AAST. This information will prove invaluable in the development of our current strategic planning to insure that the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma remains a useful resource for our membership
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AAST2020
or, please scan QR code below
Joseph DuBose, M.D.
Active AAST Approved Surveys
We would like to invite you to take part in the Natural and/or Human-made Disaster (NHD) Survey. The aim of this study is to examine physician awareness of mental health resource available to them during and after NHDs. However, during this time physician mental health needs may be overlooked because they are expected to administer care to the surrounding population. As the number of NHDs increases globally due to the changing climate and rising political tensions, strong mental health support systems at hospitals will allow physicians to best recover from the trauma of NHDs and, at the same time, provide excellent care to patient populations.
This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. We appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to participate in this study. No personal identifiers are recorded, and all responses are confidential. Participating in the survey indicates the consent of participation.
Any questions can be directed to the PI, Natasha Sood, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click the following link to begin the survey:
Natasha Sood, MPH
Robert Olympia, MD, FAAP
Joshua Hazelton, DO
Daniel George, MSc, PhD
Faculty Investigator: Mark McKenney, MD, MBA, FACS
Background & Significance
Physician burnout has received recent attention due to reports of high prevalence rates across all medical specialties. Most standard definitions of burnout syndrome consist of 3 pillars: Emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, decreased sense of personal accomplishment. Practically, burnout can be associated with fatigue, depression, anxiety, that can become pervasive throughout physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual functioning (overall quality of life). The origin of medical burnout syndrome was in part defined by Maslach based on those 3 criteria mentioned above. Features may also involve chronic onset that does not have a particular trigger and with no underlying psychopathology required. While much attention has been given to the prevalence of burnout, disagreement does exist as to whether burnout syndrome is indeed a distinct mental illness from that of depression, anxiety, etc. Some critics have suggested that the criteria for physician burnout have yet to be clearly defined and that previous research has not effectively separated burnout from its associated conditions. Additional research is needed in order to understand how/if physician burnout differs its associated symptoms in order to qualify it as its own medical diagnosis necessitating individualized treatment.
We would like to invite you to take part in our Work-Life Balance questionnaire. The aim of this study is to describe the challenges confronting trauma surgeons, which may impact their ability to successfully balance work and personal life. A failure to achieve a sustainable balance between work and home life has proven to be associated with the reduced job and life satisfaction, impaired mental health, family conflict, increased stress, and ultimately burnout. Hence, demographic information, lifestyle habits, family life, and work satisfaction will be evaluated in this survey in order to gain a thorough understanding of important factors that affect surgeons’ expectations of work-life balance. Although these contributing factors are many and varied, we hope to identify the challenges to achieving a successful work¬–life balance and propose solutions.
This survey will take 5 minutes to complete and we appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to help us with this important study. Be assured that participant identifiers will not be recorded, and all answers will be kept confidential. Participation in this survey indicates the consent of the participant.
Any questions about this study may be directed to the PI, Carlos Brown at email@example.com or 512-324-8470.
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Carlos V.R. Brown, MD
Bellal A. Joseph, MD
Kimberly Davis, MD
Gregory J. Jurkovich, MD
New AAST Survey Policy!
Updated Surveying Members Policy
Approved December 2018
Only members can request to survey AAST Fellows. A revised policy was approved at the December 12, 2018 Board of Managers meeting. This survey request form MUST be submitted.
- Survey requests are sent to AAST staff.
- Staff sends survey request to the Secretary-Treasurer.
- The Secretary-Treasurer reviews the information and the survey and either 1) approve, 2) not approve or 3) approves with changes.
- If approved, the survey will be distributed twice: once in e-news/Cutting Edge and once by itself.
- If the member wishes the survey to go a third time, a review of current survey’s scheduled will be discussed with the member.
- If surveying the AAST membership and writing a manuscript, it must be submitted to Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery or Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open (TSACO) for first right of refusal. If JTACS or TSACO declines to publish, it can be published in a journal of members choice.
- If surveying membership for a research project and an abstract is developed, it must be submitted to AAST first (if the project is completed during the time of the AAST abstract system is open). If the survey is a collaboration between two societies, it must be submitted to one of the two societies abstract system.
- Only one independent survey will be distributed per month.
- Only completed forms will be reviewed.
- AAST does not provide email addresses. All surveys are distributed through the AAST.
For more information contact:
AAST Executive Director
312-202-5252 or 800-789-4006