Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Aerospace Medicine Lessons Learned from COVID-19

The International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM), as part of the 2021 virtual International Conference in Aerospace Medicine (2021 Virtual ICAM), is offering a webinar titled "Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Aerospace Medicine Lessons Learned from COVID-19"

The 2021 Virtual ICAM is a series of webinars offered throughout 2021 to replace the ICAM Paris that was postponed from September 2021 to September 2022. The theme of the 2021 Virtual ICAM is "Pandemics and Progress in Aerospace Medicine"
The IAASM is leading the 2021 Virtual ICAM in collaboration with the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), the European Society of Aerospace Medicine (ESAM), and la société française de médecine aérospatiale (SOFRAMAS).

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ABPM Revises Non-Residency Paths to Certification

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has announced that at its January 2021 meeting, the Board of Directors voted to update the eligibility requirements for the Special, Complementary, and Alternative Pathways to certification in Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine (each a “Specialty”). The effective date for these changes is March 1, 2022, and, therefore, do not impact applications made during the current 2021 Application Cycle.

   The requirements for all pathways will remain unchanged for the 2021 Application Cycle, which will open on March 15, 2021. Interested physicians may apply online after creating an account on the Physician Portal at For more information about the current eligibility requirements for all ABPM specialties and Subspecialties, please see

   For the full announcement and details, please visit

2021 AsMA Meeting - New Dates & Location

The 91st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aerospace Medical Association scheduled for May 23 - 27, 2021 is postponed to August 29 - September 2, 2021. The meeting is also moving from the Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, Nevada to the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado.

A decision to postpone the May 2021 meeting was made in an effort to allow a larger number of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations. We believe that as more people are immunized against the COVID-19 virus, current restrictions on travel and large group gatherings will be relaxed. An in-person AsMA meeting later in 2021 would be much more successful with larger attendance numbers and more attendee interaction.

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”.