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2022 AFG Breakfast

The Leadership Team of the Associate Fellows Group would like to issue a cordial invitation to all members, aspiring members, past members who are now Fellows, and colleagues, family and friends, to join us at the 2022 AFG Breakfast and business meeting.

The Breakfast will be held from 07:00 to 08:30 PDT on Tuesday 24 May in the Naples 7 Room at the Peppermill Resort Hotel, Reno, NV. Tickets are US$50, and can be purchased through AsMA. There is a hard deadline of Friday 20 May for ticket purchase.

As is customary, we are expecting to have a number of guest speakers from within the AsMA Executive as well as the Chair of the Fellows Group, Dr Warren Silberman. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their invaluable insights!

In addition, we will be inducting the new members of the AFG, and conferring the Ellingson Award for 2022 as well as the AFG’s own Service Awards.

This year’s poster can be found below. We would also like to mention that the AFG Breakfast is open to “all comers”, so feel free to invite colleagues, friends and family if you would like to share this occasion with them.

2021-22 Slate of Officers and Chairs

Sincere congratulations to all the 2021-22 AFG Officers and Chairs!

The AFG is fortunate to have assembled a fantastic team to ‘take care of business’ leading into the 2022 AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Reno, NV.

Read the list of new Officers and Chairs here. There are links on this page to profiles for each team.

We would also like to express our thanks to the outgoing Leadership Team, many of whom had stayed on after becoming Fellows in order to support the AFG through the coronavirus pandemic.

We look forward to seeing many AFG members in person for the AFG Breakfast in Reno!

2021 AFG Breakfast Proceedings

The AsMA Associate Fellows Group held a very successful Breakfast during the recent Aerospace Medical Association meeting in Denver. Retiring AFG Leadership Team member, Dr Swee Weng “Buzzlite” Fan, kindly volunteered as the offical AFG photographer for the occasion, and has produced this fabulous slideshow of the Breakfast proceedings, which can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RXtUfU10tGo. Our sincere thanks go to Dr Fan! 🤩

2021 AFG Breakfast

The Leadership Team of the Associate Fellows Group would like to issue a cordial invitation to all members, aspiring members, past members who are now Fellows, and colleagues, family and friends, to join us at the 2021 AFG Breakfast and business meeting.

The Breakfast will be held from 07:00 to 08:30 MDT on Tuesday 31 August in the Windows Room at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Tickets are US$50, and can be purchased through AsMA. There is a hard deadline of Thursday August 26th for ticket purchase.

As is customary, we are expecting to have a number of guest speakers from within the AsMA Executive as well as the Chair of the Fellows Group, Dr Warren Silberman. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear their invaluable insights!

In addition, we will be inducting the new members of the AFG, and conferring the Ellingson Awards for both 2020 and 2021 as well as the AFG’s own Service Awards.

This year’s poster can be found below. We would also like to mention that the AFG Breakfast is open to “all comers”, so feel free to invite colleagues, friends and family if you would like to share this occasion with them.

AFG Breakfast Poster 2021

2021 Class of Fellows Announced!

Congratulations to all the new Fellows announced by AsMA on July 9th! Special congratulations to all the members of the Associate Fellows Group who have achieved advancement, especially our current Chair Dr Christopher Backus and Chair-Elect/Membership Chair Dr Justin Nast.
https://www.asma.org/news-events/asma-news/2021-class-of-fellows-announced


Each year a high proportion of the AFG members nominated by the AFG for Fellowship consideration achieve advancement, so it is a great reason to be part of the AFG! 😀

New Officers and Chairs for 2020-21

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Officers and Chairs for 2020-21.

The newly installed members of the Executive Team are:
* Dr Christopher Backus, AFG Chair
* Dr Joseph Butterfield, Senior Chair-Elect
* Dr Justin Nast, Junior Chair-Elect
* Dr Ronald Robinson, Treasurer.

We also welcome a new Deputy Chair to the Ellingson Award Committee, Dr Joseph Hudson.

Sincere thanks are due to our outgoing Treasurer, Dr Danny Pizzino and AFG Chair, Dr Rowena Christiansen.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances with the COVID-19 global pandemic several members of the AFG Leadership Team who were elevated to Fellow earlier in 2020 will be staying on in an acting capacity to support the AFG until additional AFG Leadership Team members can be recruited through the 2021 Call for Nominations and AFG Breakfast during the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Reno, Nevada.

However, any AFG members interested in joining the Leadership Team in the interim are encouraged to reach out via the AFG email address: associatefellows@gmail.com.

2020 AFG Ellingson Award

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2020 AFG Ellingson Award is Dr Douglas D Boyd for his research article “Occupant Injury Severity in General Aviation Accidents Involving Excessive Landing Airspeed,” published in the April 2019 edition of the Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance (AMHP) AsMA journal. The award will be presented during the AFG Breakfast at the 2021 AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Reno, Nevada.

The runners-up were Dr William D Porter (co-authors: Nicole Powell-Dunford; Grant D. Wilde; Alaistair J. R. Bushby) for the research article, “Asthma and Rotary-Wing Military Aircrew Selection” published in the July 2019 edition, and Dr David L Lerner (co-authors: Ranjit S. Chima; Kirang Patel; Allen J. Parmet) for the technical note, “Ultrasound Guided Lumbar Puncture and Remote Guidance for Potential In-Flight Evaluaton of VIIP/SANS” published in the January 2019 issue.

Congratulations to all the authors involved!

Congratulations to the new AsMA Fellows!

Congratulations to the 24 AsMA members elected as new Fellows (to be inducted during Honors Night at the October AsMA meeting in Atlanta). 23 of the 24 are AFG members, and 11 of the 24 are international members of AsMA. The list includes AFG Chair Dr Rowena Christiansen and other AFG Leadership Team members Drs Ilaria Cinelli, Swee Weng Fan, James McEachen, Carol Ramsey, and Jayashri Sharma.

  • Douglas Boyd
  • Natacha Chough
  • Rowena Christiansen
  • Ilaria Cinelli
  • Swee Weng Fan
  • Franz Hauer
  • Roger Hesselbrock
  • Stephen Houston
  • Jeffery Hovis
  • Kenneth Ingham
  • Sarper Karakucuk
  • Jennifer Law
  • Kris Lehnhardt
  • Dag Lemming
  • Amanda Lippert
  • Kate Manderson
  • James McEachen
  • Lindsey McIntire
  • Mark McPherson
  • Felix Porras
  • Roland Quast
  • Carol Ramsey
  • Brian Self
  • Jayashri Sharma

https://www.asma.org/news-events/asma-news/fellows-class-of-2020-announced

Congratulations Dr Susan Fondy!

Dr Susan Fondy

Congratulations to Dr (Col.) Susan Fondy, MC, USA, AFG Leadership Team member and Deputy Chair, Ellingson Award Committee, for her appointment as president of the newly reorganized Society of U.S. Army Flight Surgeons, which merged with the Army Aviation Medical Association this year and became the U.S. Army’s constituent organization in AsMA.

https://www.asma.org/news-events/asma-news/fondy-is-society-of-u-s-army-flight-surgeons-president

AFG Demographic information

As of April 2020, the AFG had 188 members from all around the world – 22 countries to be exact!

For those interested in the numbers, here they are (first alphabetically, and then numerically):

Australia16Denmark1
Canada10Hong Kong1
Denmark1India1
Germany7Ireland1
Hong Kong1Italy1
India1Jordan1
Ireland1Netherlands1
Italy1Peru1
Japan3Philippines1
Jordan1South Africa1
Netherlands1Sweden1
New Zealand2Switzerland1
Peru1Thailand1
Philippines1Turkey1
South Africa1New Zealand2
South Korea2South Korea2
Sweden1Japan3
Switzerland1United Kingdom6
Thailand1Germany7
Turkey1Canada10
United Kingdom6Australia16
United States128United States128
AFG Demographic Data – April 2020

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