Cave Rescue Panel at ICASM Bangkok

The 2018 International Congress of Aviation and Space Medicine (ICASM) will be held 13-16 November 2018, at the Millennium Hilton in Bangkok, Thailand. Along with a varied program of aerospace medicine topics from around the world, this year the ICASM will host a special panel session featuring four of the Thai military physicians involved in the recent dramatic rescue of the 13 young soccer players trapped in an underwater cave. Special attention will be given to the special physiological aspects of the successful rescue. (

ABPM Establishes Diplomate MOC Fee

The American Board of Preventive Medicine Responds to its Diplomates’ preference by Establishing an Annual Maintenance of Certification Fee for those Diplomates Certified in the Specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Public Health and General Preventive Medicine and the Subspecialties of Clinical Informatics and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine

   The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) announced today that it has established an annual Maintenance of Certification (MOC) fee of $175 for all Diplomates initially certified or recertified in any of the ABPM’s Specialties of Aerospace Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Public Health and General Preventive Medicine (collectively as “Specialties”) or its Subspecialties of Clinical Informatics and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine (collectively as “Subspecialties) on or after January 1, 2019.  
   Those Diplomates who have been initially certified or recertified by the ABPM in any Specialties or Subspecialties on or before December 31, 2018 and possess time-limited certificates, will not be required to pay an annual MOC fee until such time as the Diplomate recertifies with the ABPM at the end of the Diplomate’s current certification cycle.  During the current certification cycle, however, these Diplomates will be required to pay the then-current MOC Part 3 exam fee when registering for the MOC Part 3 exam.  
   In announcing this new policy, the ABPM’s Board Chair M. ‘Tonette’ Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH, said “A majority of Diplomates who participated in the ABPM’s MOC program and who responded to the recent MOC Survey expressed their preference for an annual MOC fee over the current format which requires the Diplomate to make a lump-sum payment when registering for the MOC Part 3 exam.  By implementing an annual fee for those Diplomates certified or recertified in any Specialties or Subspecialties on or after January 1, 2019, the ABPM has proactively addressed the concerns articulated by our Diplomates while preserving the process for those Diplomates who are currently in-cycle to be recertified by the ABPM.”  
   By registering for MOC and paying the annual fee, Diplomates certified in any ABPM Specialty or Subspecialty will have log-in access to the ABPM’s MOC portal which will provide them with links to ABPM-approved MOC Part 2 and Part 4 activities, and the ability to track their progress in meeting MOC requirements and utilize the ABPM Customer Support Center.         
   This annual MOC fee is effective as of January 1, 2019 for new Diplomates and those Diplomates recertified by the ABPM on or after January 1, 2019.  Payment of the first installment covering calendar year 2019 can be made by clicking on the following link:
   Diplomates certified by the ABPM in any Specialty or Subspecialty will have until December 31 of each year to pay the required annual MOC fee.    
   This new policy does not impact those Diplomates who possess only non-time limited certificates from the ABPM.

Upcoming Council and SPC Meetings

The next Council meeting will be Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) meeting will follow on Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 8:30 AM—5:00 PM. To attend the SPC meeting and review abstracts, you must be a member. Both meetings are in Old Town Alexandria this year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Old Town Alexandria,901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

   To reserve your room, please call the hotel reservations department at (877) 317-5752. To receive the special contracted rates, the attendees must identify themselves as being part of the Aerospace Medical Association group. All reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

   To learn more about this important Scientific Program Committee meeting, please review the FACT SHEET.

   In order to participate in this meeting, you must complete and return the RSVP no later than October 23rd.

   If you are unable to attend in person but would like to participate as a remote reviewer (you must be a member), please send a note to the Program Chair and we will contact you with details.
   Call for Papers and list of Topics & Tracks

Abstract Submission Now Open!

The NEW abstract submission site is now open! Members may log into this site using their AsMA credentials. Directions, forms, templates, and more information can be found on the Abstract Submission page. The deadline for abstract submission is October 31, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS!

89th Annual Scientific Meeting Scientific Session Recordings Available!

Session recordings and posters from the 89th Annual Scientific Meeting in Dallas, Texas are available. For those who paid for a meeting registration, you should have received a blast e-mail on June 1, 2018 announcing the availability of the recordings library. The blast e-mail also provided the link to the library along with login instructions for accessing the library. As you may remember, your paid meeting registration included complimentary access to the library. If you are a paid registrant and did not receive the June 1, 2018 blast e-mail, please contact me at I can provide you with a copy of that blast e-mail so that you may gain access to the library.

For those who were unable to attend our 89th Annual Scientific Meeting, you may purchase some or all of the library recordings. Please click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Purchase the Session Recordings from the 89th Annual Scientific Meeting - Dallas, Texas

Note: Dallas attendees who received free online access as part of their registration can also upgrade to a Thumb Drive if they wish!