2020 AsMA Slate of Officers Approved

Based upon AsMA member voting, the 2020 AsMA Slate of Officers is approved. 

The following newly elected officers will assume their AsMA offices on Friday, May 22, 2020.

  • President-Elect: James DeVoll (replaces Charles DeJohn)
  • Vice President: Robert Orford (replaces Volker Damann)
  • Vice President: Warren Silberman (replaces James DeVoll)
  • Treasurer: Nereyda Sevilla (elected to 2nd term)
  • Members-at-Large
    • Rebecca Blue (replaces Richard Bachmann)
    • Bonnie Posselt (replaces Nic Green)
    • Carlos Salicrup (replaces Jeffrey Jones)
    • Thomas Smith (replaces Al Parmet)

On April 15, 2020, the nearly 2,000 AsMA members were sent a blast e-mail and were asked to cast their vote to approve or disapprove the 2020 AsMA Slate of Officers via a Survey Monkey voting link. Voting to approve/disapprove the 2020 AsMA Slate of Officers closed on May 15, 2020. Thank you for those who submitted a vote.

According to the blast e-mail report, 45% opened the blast e-mail and 22% clicked on the link for the Survey Monkey voting system. Following one month of voting, 269 members (13%) cast votes. Of that 269 votes, 264 members voted to approve and 5 voted to disapprove the 2020 AsMA Slate of Officers. Even with the small percentage of members casting their votes, it easily exceeds the quorum requirement of 100 members at the Annual Business Meeting held on Tuesday during the Annual Scientific Meeting week each year.

Congratulations to AsMA’s newly-elected officers. A special thank you to those officers completing their terms. Your leadership and support of the AsMA Council have helped build and improve AsMA policies and operations. Your efforts have helped move AsMA forward. Without volunteer leaders like you, our Association could not continue to improve.

ABPM Seeks At-Large Specialty Director

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) is seeking nominations to fill the newly-approved At-Large Specialty Director position on its Board of Directors. Nominees must hold current certification in at least one ABPM Specialty (Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, or Public Health and General Preventive Medicine). The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2020. ABPM will select one At-Large Specialty Director at its January 2021 meeting.

Nominations must be emailed to ABPM Executive Director Christopher J. Ondrula, JD, at Nominations should include the nominee’s CV and a personal statement from the nominee (maximum of 250 words) answering the question, “Why do I want to be a Director of the ABPM?”

The following criteria should be considered in nomination(s):

  1. Nominees must be physicians holding a currently active, valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in all states, US territories, or Canadian provinces in which the physician is licensed to practice medicine.
  2. Nominees must be holders of a valid and current Certificate in a Specialty issued by the ABPM.
  3. Nominees must be in active practice in at least one ABPM Specialty area of medicine in the United States. Nominees should demonstrate achievement in and the potential for continuing contributions to the field.
  4. Nominees will, as Board Members, be expected to continue to be active in their respective Specialty for the duration of their service on the Board. The At-Large Specialty Director serves an initial three-year term which may, subject to meeting certain objective criteria, be renewed for a maximum of an additional three years for a maximum total term of six years.
  5. The Nominees must be individuals who are able to participate constructively and productively in group settings, have appropriate academic and educational experience, have worked on or be able to participate in Board examination question preparation activities, have demonstrated leadership capabilities in their respective field, and be willing to serve and accept work responsibilities as may be designated from time to time by the Board.
  6. The Board meets in-person at least twice annually, usually for a total of six to eight days, and routinely conducts other business throughout the year via electronic means. Accordingly, nominees must have sufficient flexibility to enable them to actively participate and to engage with the Board and the ABPM Staff as may be required during a Director’s tenure on the Board.
Additionally, the Board will give preference to Nominees who meet the following criteria:
  1. Nominees who hold additional current Certification in a Subspecialty issued by the ABPM (Addiction Medicine, Clinical Informatics, Medical Toxicology, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine).
  2. Nominees who are, at the time of nomination, within five years of their initial ABPM Specialty Certification date.
  3. Nominees who provide a unique perspective not currently represented on the Board.

COVID-19 Update for Journal Shipping

Attention European Members and Subscribers!

   Our printing and mailing facility was faced with some difficult decisions concerning distribution of our journals. Shipping to Europe has been hit the hardest. Holding all journals until the pandemic is ‘over’ is not possible because there is no timeline for this event. There is simply not enough storage capacity to hold all periodicals. Trying to work with airlines for air shipments when flights are being cancelled and new surcharges are being assessed almost hourly is not an option either. It could mean paying 30% or more above the current air mail rates with no guarantee of when flights may resume. The compromise they have reached is this: Send Europe via Ocean Freight weekly and use Air Freight for Rest of World. 
   We feel it is the most viable option to keep all copies of our journal moving while eliminating any surcharge. We believe that all members and subscribers will understand and expect some delays in delivery. By utilizing Ocean Freight for Europe, we are very confident there will be no disruptions in transportation (just delays in delivery). Sail time is approximately 12 calendar days to the UK and then the journal will be handed off to carriers that go into each country in Europe. 
   We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. And remember, your journal is always available online at:

Atlanta Meeting Postponed Until October

The Aerospace Medical Association leadership has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic situation. Recent developments, including increased corporate and national  travel restrictions and recommendations regarding limiting mass gatherings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), have influenced AsMA’s Executive Committee’s decision to postpone the 91st Annual Scientific Meeting and associated activities. The Atlanta meeting scheduled for May 17-22, 2020 is now rescheduled to October 10-15, 2020. (Please note that the Opening Ceremony for the October meeting will start on Sunday instead of the usual Monday). This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, presenters, staff, and exhibitors. The ability to postpone the meeting to October is truly remarkable and was only accomplished with the full support and collaboration of the Hyatt Regency staff and AIM Meetings and Events. 

Novel Corona Virus - COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to affect international health and specifically international air travel. AsMA encourages you to remain up to date on recent US Government guidance regarding aircrew health and safety with COVID-19. 
Below are the most relevant recommendations from the CDC and FAA:

Image Credit: US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Image Credit: US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

ABPM Announces Requirements for Transition from MOC to CCP

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) today announced the requirements for its Diplomates to maintain ABPM Certification during the transitional period from the current Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to a new and innovative Continuing Certification Program (CCP).  The transitional period will begin February 1, 2020 and continue through December 31, 2022 (Transitional Period).

The objective of ABPM’s Transition Plan is to provide Diplomates with a thoughtful, simple, well-organized and orderly transition from the current MOC requirements to the more flexible and relevant requirements of the new CCP.

“Although the updated ABMS Standards for CCP may not be finalized for another year, we are already engaged in the planning process for our CCP which will be developed based on recommendations of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission (Commission), not the least of which will include ABPM moving away from the every 10-year examination to an innovative longitudinal assessment model,” said Hernando “Joe” Ortega, Jr., MD, MPH, ABPM Board Chair.

Details can be found on the ABPM website.

2019 Fellows Scholarship Winners Announced

The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the 2019 scholarship winners. Lonnie G. Petersen, M.D. was the 1st Place winner ($2,000) for her presentation and publication of a manuscript on "Mobile Lower Body Negative Pressure Suit as an Integrative Countermeasure for Spaceflight”. The 2nd Place winner ($1,000) was Jordan B. Dixon for his presentation and publication of a manuscript on "Integration of a Vestibular Model for Disorientation Research Device Motion Algorithm Application”.