Call for Papers - Deadline November 1, 2020

The Aerospace Medical Association is accepting scientific abstracts for consideration as part of the scientific program for the 91st Annual Scientific Meeting. The deadline for abstract submission is November 1, 2020 (no exceptions). 

The AsMA 91st Annual Scientific Meeting is scheduled for May 23 - 28, 2021 at the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada. Details for submitting a scientific abstract for the AsMA 91st Annual Scientific Meeting can be found here.

Abstract Submission Site Open

The abstract submission site is now open for the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting! The deadline is November 1, 2020---NO exceptions! Please go to to log in and submit your abstract. The full Call for Papers can be found at

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."

Atlanta Meeting CANCELLED!

The Aerospace Medical Association leadership has been closely monitoring the ever-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), influenced AsMA Council’s decision on July 28, 2020 to cancel the 91st Annual Scientific Meeting and associated activities. The Atlanta meeting scheduled for October 10-15, 2020 is CANCELLED. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, presenters, staff, and exhibitors.

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:

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”.