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Las Vegas Session Chairs needed!

Chairs are still needed for some of the sessions in Las Vegas:

S-63 Slide (Wed 2 pm/Brasilia 5): Tech Advances in Travel Medicine—Need TWO (one with former experience)

S-66 Slide (Wed 2 pm/Miranda 5-7): Mental Health and Decision Making—Need backup Chair (experienced), as one of the current chairs is uncomfortable with the topic; could potentially trade for another session.

S-76 Poster (Thu 8 am): Clinical Aerospace Medicine— Need ONE

S-83 Poster (Thu 1:30 pm): Safety and Fatigue— Need TWO (one with former experience)

S-84 Slide (Thu 3:30 pm/Brasilia 1): Clinical Aerospace Medicine Around the World—Need ONE experienced chair

S-37 Slide (Tue 4 pm/Brasilia 3): Safety in Military Aviation – Need backup Chair (not experienced), as one of the current chairs may not be attending

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please email as soon as possible with your email address and cell/mobile ‘phone number, thanks.

New Associate Fellows

Congratulations to the new Associate Fellows!
MARCH 28, 2019
Associate Fellows Announced

The following members of the Aerospace Medical Association have achieved Associate Fellow status and were approved by the Executive Committee:

David Andrus, Brent Barker, M. Bradley Brough, Eric Chumbley, Stephen Fischer, Michael Gallagher, Gabriel Gizaw, Sarper Karakucuk, Young Hwan Kwon, David Lerner, Mark McPherson, Kristian Mears, Robert Mulcahy, Joanna Nelms, Tony Schiemer, and Emmanuel Urquieta.


Sincere congratulations to Drs Susan Fondy (Deputy Chair, AsMA AFG Ellingson Award Committee) and Ilaria Cinelli (Deputy Chair, Scientific Program Committee) for being nominated on this year’s incoming AsMA Slate of Officers as ‘Members-at-Large’ for the AsMA Council.

Congratulations also to the 42 AsMA Associate Fellows who have had abstracts accepted for, or will be acting as Session Chairs for, this year’s AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas in May. More details to follow!

Call for Nominations – Extension of Time

We have decided to extend the time period for submission of Executive Officer and Committee Chair and Deputy Chair nominations for an additional week until Friday 29 March at 24:00 Pacific Standard Time.

Serving with the AFG can be a very valuable opportunity to meet some great new colleagues and learn more about the work of the AFG and AsMA. It will also earn you points towards Fellowship!

Even if you don’t have any previous experience in a particular area, the two Chair-Elect roles and the Deputy Committee Chair roles are a good chance to ‘learn the ropes’ before you have to take full responsibility for looking after that portfolio.

We are hoping that this extension will provide you with some additional time to put together your nominations (self-nominations are strongly encouraged) and send them in to

The full Call for Nominations instructions and Candidate Profile Requirements are attached to the previous post.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Annual Call for Nominations for the next cohort of Officers and Committee Chairs

**If you are going to the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, don’t forget to register for the Associate Fellows Breakfast on Wednesday 8 May, and the Associate Fellows/Fellows Reception on Tuesday 7 May.**

To all members of the AsMA Associate Fellows Group:

As of today, Saturday 9 March 2019, nominations are open for the next cohort of AFG Executive Officers and Committee Chairs. 

The positions open for election this year are as set out below.

A. Executive Officers:

  • Secretary, a 2-year post (2019-2021);
  • Chair-Elect for 2019-2020; and
  • Chair-Elect for 2020-2021.

Note: One person may be nominated for any or all of the above offices.

Descriptions of the Executive Officers’ duties and responsibilities can be found on the AFG website: 

Special note regarding the Chair-Elect positions

In order to develop a ‘succession planning’ strategy for the AFG, the AFG Leadership Group has decided to recruit a Chair-Elect for two periods at a time. This will allow for an easier transition in situations where the incumbent Chair-Elect becomes a Fellow (or needs to resign for another reason) before they are able to take office as Chair. 

As a result, nominations will be preferred from candidates who do not have an aspiration to be elected as a Fellow during their term/s as Chair-Elect and then Chair of the AFG. For some Chairs-Elect, this will mean serving a two-year term before becoming Chair, but it is anticipated that this would be a valuable opportunity to ‘learn the ropes’ and develop a rich body of ‘corporate knowledge’.

B. Committee Chairs and up to two Deputy Chairs

These all are one-year posts, but current chairpersons are welcome to stand for re-election:

  • Ellingson Award Committee;
  • Informatics Committee;
  • Membership Committee;
  • Merchandising Committee;
  • Nominating Committee;
  • Receptions Committee; and
  • Scientific Program Committee.

Note: One person may be nominated for more than one Committee.

Descriptions of Committee Chairs’ duties and responsibilities can be found here: 

Please indicate whether your preference (or that of the nominee) would be to serve as:

  • Committee Chair;
  • A Deputy Chair; or
  • Either the Chair or a Deputy Chair.

Note: Nominees for Committee Chair positions who are unsuccessful may be asked to serve on that committee as Deputy Chair, but acceptance of this will be at the candidate’s discretion.

C. Timeline for 2019 elections:  

  • Nominations open on Saturday 9 March;
  • Nominations close on Friday 22 March at 24:00 (Pacific Standard Time);
  • The online poll for all positions will go live on or around Friday 5 April, and close not later than Thursday 18 April at 24:00 (Pacific Standard Time);
  • Results of the elections will be announced on Tuesday 23 April;
  • Official handover takes place on Wednesday 8 May at the AFG Breakfast during the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting.

D. Please see the attached template for the Candidate Profile.  

To nominate yourself or someone else, send an email to the attention of the Chair of the AFG Nominating Committee at indicating what position the nomination is for, and with the three-part candidate profile attached.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

With kindest regards,
Dr Rowena Christiansen
AsMA Associate Fellow Group

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Early Bird Registration and AFG Breakfast or see the further information in the attached graphic.

We would like to encourage you to register for the Associate Fellows Breakfast on the Wednesday morning of the meeting. The Annual General Meeting of the Associate Fellows Group is held during the meeting. New members are inducted at this time, and annual awards are presented. It is a good opportunity to meet both outgoing and incoming Executive and Committee members and to network with other Associate Fellows.

AsMA has advised that AFG Breakfast tickets will be sold during Early Bird, Advance, and Onsite registration until noon on Monday of the meeting week. Due to hotel policies ticket sales for this Wednesday event must be terminated at that time so that AsMA report the total number of tickets sold to the hotel catering staff. We will NOT be able to sell tickets after that time. Thank you for your understanding.

AsMA Award Nominations

The closing date for AsMA award nominations has been extended to 31 January 2019.

AsMA Scholarships

You should have received an email from AsMA recently about the scholarships that are on offer this year. Some of the closing dates are coming up soon, so make sure that you take a look if you are interested.
There are various closing dates ranging from 31 January to 30 June 2019.

AsMA Council 2019-20 Nominations

Just in from AsMA – if you are interested in nominating for the AsMA Council for 2019-20 then take a closer look at the attached (same as in the email sent out to all AsMA members today).

Three important updates…

The ‘Road to Fellowship‘ section of the AFG web site has been updated, so dust off your CV and start thinking about whether you will have 130 points or more in order to be nominated by the AFG for consideration as a new Fellow in 2019.

We have a new Facebook group – please sign up:

We also have a new Twitter account, so please follow us: (@AsMA_AFGroup)

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