ABPM - Call for Nominations - Aerospace Medicine Director

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) announced a future vacancy for an Aerospace Medicine member of the Board of Directors. AsMA is soliciting applications from our membership to help the ABPM fill this projected Aerospace Medicine vacancy.

The following criteria will be considered for the Aerospace Medical Association nominations and by ABPM in their selection process: 

1.  Nominees must be certified by the ABPM in Aerospace Medicine.

2.  Nominees must be in substantially full time practice, teaching, or research in their preventive medicine specialty in the United States.  Candidates should have demonstrated achievement and the potential for continuing contributions to the field.  The ideal candidate will have had experience serving on a Residency Review and/or ABPM test writing committee.

3.  The Board seeks to ensure that its members reflect the contemporary breadth of practice, teaching and research positions in the field of preventive medicine.

 4.  Board members should continue to be active in preventive medicine practice, teaching or research for the duration of their service on the Board.  Board members serve an initial 3-year term and most are reelected twice for a total tenure of 9 years. 

5.  The individual must be able to participate constructively and productively in group settings, have appropriate academic and educational experience, have worked on or be able to participate in Board examination question preparation activities, have demonstrated leadership capabilities in preventive medicine, and be willing to serve and accept work responsibilities of the Board.  The Board meets at least twice annually, usually for a total of 9-10 days.  At least weekly communication and significant work between meetings will be required. 
6.  The Board strives to have a membership that reflects the diversity of preventive medicine practitioners and the population served. 

The ABPM has provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) describing ABPM service. Please carefully review these FAQs prior to submitting your application.

Aerospace Medical Association members that meet the above criteria and desire the opportunity to be considered for
nomination by AsMA to ABPM should submit:

  1. Current CV
  2. Statement of interest of less than 250 words addressing the question: "Why do I want to be a Director of the ABPM?"
Please submit complete applications to Jeff Sventek, AsMA Executive Director, at by September 30, 2015.

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