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Journal to Change to Electronic Only

Reminder to Members: Beginning with the July 2022 issue, the online journal will become the default member benefit and members will be asked to opt in and pay to receive a paper copy. This is driven by factors such as paper cost & availability. However, this change means we will be able to print color for substantially less and therefore have a better product. For more on this, please see Pam Day’s commentary (February newsletter) and Fred Bonato’s editorial (January AMHP).


Proposed AsMA Bylaws Changes

In accordance with Article XII of the Aerospace Medical Association Bylaws, the following proposed changes to the Bylaws are printed herein. The changes will be voted upon at the next Aerospace Medical Association Annual Business Meeting to be held Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The meeting is open and all members are encouraged to attend (no lunch purchase is necessary to participate in the meeting).

The proposed Bylaws changes presented below are designed to remove the requirements for in-person meetings for conducting the business of the Aerospace Medical Association. The impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on travel and in-person events forced the association to conduct many of its business meetings virtually. The Bylaws need to be updated to reflect the ability to conduct the association business virtually in the future.

The deletions are listed as strikethroughs. The additions are italicized and underlined

Article IV. CORPORATE FORUM
Section 3. Activities

A. Forum Events: The Corporate Forum will plan and conduct an annual Advisory event, in coordination with Council. at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
 
Article V. FELLOWSHIPS

B. Fellow:
(2) All those now holding the grade of Fellow, or who may be hereafter elected to such, shall constitute the group of Fellows. The group shall meet and shall elect annually during the Annual Scientific Meeting, its chair, who shall hold office until a successor is elected.
 
D. Associate Fellow:
(2) All those holding the grade of Associate Fellow, or who may hereafter be elected to such, shall constitute the group of Associate Fellows. The group shall meet annually during the Association’s scientific meeting during which the election of officers will be announced.
 
ARTICLE VIII. COUNCIL OF THE AEROSPACE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
SECTION 5: Executive Committee
 
B. Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have the power to exercise all the functions of the Council between Association meetings annual meetings of the Association and when the Council is not in session.
 
D. The Executive Committee shall be responsible to the Council for the program of scientific meetings. the scientific sessions.

I. The Executive Committee shall select the time, and place, and format of the Annual Scientific Meeting.
 
ARTICLE XI. ELECTIONS.
Elections shall be held at the Aannual Bbusiness Mmeeting of the Association.
 
ARTICLE XII. COMMITTEES.
SECTION 3. Standing Committees Functions.
 
N. The report of the Nominating Committee shall be made prior to the Annual Scientific Meeting as stipulated in the Policies and Procedures Manual and orally at the opening ceremony of the Annual Scientific Meeting.
 
O. Registration Committee: The Registration Committee assists with onsite registration activities associated with the Annual Scientific Meeting.
 
ARTICLE XIII. MEETINGS
SECTION 1. Required Meetings.
Required meetings may be conducted in one of the following formats (1) in-person only, (2) combined in-person and virtually, or (3) virtual only.
A. The Association shall conduct at least one Annual Business Meeting which shall be open to the general membership and devoted to the reception of annual reports, the nomination and election of officers, consideration of amendments to the Bylaws, consideration of resolutions, and any other such business as decided by the Council.
 
B. The Association shall conduct at least one scientific meeting each year.
 
SECTION 2. Time and Place of Meetings.
The Annual Scientific Meeting shall be conducted at a time and place, and in a format selected by the Executive Committee. Meetings shall be held as provided for in these Bylaws. In cases of emergency, the Council shall have the authority to cancel, postpone, or change the site or format of an annual meeting, or a special Association meeting may be authorized or called by the Council.
 
ARTICLE XVI. AMENDMENTS.
The Bylaws of the Association may be amended at any Annual Business Meeting of the Association by two-thirds vote of active members present at such meeting. Association Bylaws amendment proposals may be submitted by any member of Council or a petition of at least 2% of the active membership of the Association. Proposed amendments must be communicated to the Association Headquarters at least 60 days prior to a Council meeting by the end of December and approved by two-thirds vote of the Council members for consideration at the Annual Business Meeting. The membership must be notified of the proposed amendments no less than 60 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The Policy and Procedures Manual will describe the process for review, modification, and presentation of amendment proposals for the membership vote on each amendment at the Annual Business annual Meeting.
 


Meeting Schedule Available

The Day-at-a-Glance meeting schedule for the May 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Reno, NV, is now available.
You can either access it on the Schedule page (https://www.asma.org/scientific-meetings/asma-annual-scientific-meeting/schedule) or you can download the pdf here.


2021 AsMA Fellows Scholarship Winners Announced

WINNERS OF THE 2021 AsMA FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP

The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the 2021 scholarship winners.

Major (Dr) Elizabeth Combs




The 1st Place Winner was Elizabeth Combs for her presentation and published manuscript on "Physiological and Cognitive Performance in F-22 Pilots During Day and Night Flying”.









The 2nd Place Winner was Dr.Marion Venus for her presentation and manuscript on “Short and Long Haul Pilots’ Rosters, Stress, Sleep Problems, Fatigue, Mental Health, and Well-Being”.



The AsMA Fellows Scholarship is funded by the AsMA Foundation and is presented annually to two AsMA members who are students in an aerospace medicine residency program, graduate program in aerospace medicine (Master or Ph.D.), medical certificate or aerospace diploma course, or in a full time education/training program in the allied fields of nursing, physiology, human factors, psychology, ergonomics, and engineering.  Selection criteria include delivering a slide or poster presentation as a first author at the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting and then submitting a manuscript as first author for publication in AsMA’s Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance (AMHP) Journal based on the same topic and/or material covered in the slide or poster presentation.   The 1st and 2nd Place Winners are selected by the AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee based on the highest scientific value, originality, quality and relevance of the applicant’s presentation and AMHP manuscript related to the field of aerospace medicine (including allied scientific disciplines).  Special consideration is given to those applicants who are at an early stage in their career development. The scholarship monetary awards are used for the purpose of underwriting, in whole or in part, the cost of registration fees, transportation, hotel accommodations, or any other valid fees or expenses incurred by the winners in relation to their attendance at one or more scholarly meetings on topics related to aerospace medicine.
 
Four candidates delivered presentations at the 2021 AsMA meeting in Denver, Colorado (first eligibility requirement). Three candidates submitted manuscripts that were approved for publication in the AMHP journal (second eligibility requirement). These three candidates were considered the final eligible candidates for the 2021 scholarship.


2020 AsMA Fellows Scholarship Winners Announced

WINNERS OF THE 2020 AsMA FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP

The AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selection of the 2020 scholarship winners.






The 1st Place Winner was Dr. Hansjorg Schwertz for his presentation and published manuscript on "Hypergolic Propellant Off-Gassing: Implications for Decontamination and Evacuation”.











The 2nd Place Winner was Dr. Michelle Hong Chan for her presentation and manuscript on “Strange Behavior in an Aviator”.




The AsMA Fellows Scholarship is funded by the AsMA Foundation and is presented annually to two AsMA members who are students in an aerospace medicine residency program, graduate program in aerospace medicine (Master or Ph.D.), medical certificate or aerospace diploma course, or in a full time education/training program in the allied fields of nursing, physiology, human factors, psychology, ergonomics, and engineering.  Selection criteria include delivering a slide or poster presentation as a first author at the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting and then submitting a manuscript as first author for publication in AsMA’s Aerospace Medicine & Human Performance (AMHP) Journal based on the same topic and/or material covered in the slide or poster presentation.   The 1st and 2nd Place Winners are selected by the AsMA Fellows Scholarship Committee based on the highest scientific value, originality, quality and relevance of the applicant’s presentation and AMHP manuscript related to the field of aerospace medicine (including allied scientific disciplines).  Special consideration is given to those applicants who are at an early stage in their career development. The scholarship monetary awards are used for the purpose of underwriting, in whole or in part, the cost of registration fees, transportation, hotel accommodations, or any other valid fees or expenses incurred by the winners in relation to their attendance at one or more scholarly meetings on topics related to aerospace medicine.
 
Due to the cancellation of the AsMA meeting in Atlanta as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 AsMA Fellows Scholarship candidates were unable to deliver their presentations, which is an eligibility requirement. Four of the candidates submitted their manuscripts and were approved for publication in the AMHP journal (second eligibility requirement). Therefore, these four candidates were considered eligible for the 2020 scholarship but only three of them delivered the required presentation during the 2021 AsMA meeting in Denver, CO.


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.