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.

IATA - Restoring Aviation During COVID-19 Medical Strategies

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Medical Advisory Group published an updated document titled "Restoring Aviation During COVID-19 - Medical Evidence for Possible Strategies." The latest update to this important guidance document was published on August 6, 2020. 

The report was prepared by IATA’s Medical Advisor along with the Medical Advisory Group of ten airline medical directors, on the basis of extensive review of available literature, advice and expertise during the pandemic thus far. According to the report, "Restoring normal aviation requires two key components: first, governments must be prepared to allow passengers to travel, between countries and regions. Secondly, passengers must have sufficient confidence that they can travel safely, and achieve what they wish to do on their journey. For the passenger journey, an acceptable risk of in-flight transmission is a key factor, but this is along with other considerations such as risk of illness while away, risk of being quarantined, availability of safe and suitable accommodation, availability of travel insurance, etc."

This report covers the following important medical topics:

  • In-Flight Transmission
  • Vaccination
  • Multi-Layered Approach to Providing Protection
  • Temperature Screening
  • Symptom Screening
  • Use of Masks and PPE
  • Physical Distancing
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Antibody Testing
  • Immunity Passports
  • Quarantine
  • Measures to Assist Contact Tracing
  • Measures Related to Crew Members
  • Treatment

The IATA report provides a robust list of references for additional information on medical issues related to safe aviation operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Medical Advisory Group published an updated document titled "Restoring Aviation During COVID-19 - Medical Evidence for Possible Strategies."

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”.