Members of the Associate Fellows Group are strongly encouraged to undertake an annual self-assessment as to whether they may be eligible to be nominated by the AFG for progression to Fellowship.
Please follow the steps outlined below at the bottom of this page, and submit your self-assessment via the online form link (as supplied to members via email) by 31 October of each year.
Each year during the October-December quarter the Fellows Evaluation Committee undertakes an assessment of potential candidates for Fellowship, and during this period the AFG is invited to put forth suitable candidates for consideration.
Please note that the AFG nominations must be submitted to the Fellows Group well prior to Thanksgiving each year, and as a result any late applications will be held over until the following cycle.
Pending AFG Leadership Team Service Requirement
From the 2023 year, a service requirement will be attached to the AFG recommending potential Fellows candidates for consideration by the AsMA Fellows Group. This requirement can be fulfilled by providing at least one year of satisfactory service on the AFG Leadership Team in any capacity, including Executive Officers, Committee Chairs and Deputy Chairs, and ad hoc appointments to the Leadership Team. Members desirous of being put forward for Fellowship consideration should keep a record of their periods of service, and submit this to the AFG with their expression of interest.
Fellows of the AsMA
AsMA fellowship denotes an honour as being recognized as the highest level of organizational membership. It isn’t simply a level based on “x in the block” activity, but instead uses those parameters as a baseline subject to several intangibles showing fidelity and synergy with the very principles of the organization. Fellows are considered an ambassador of everything AsMA stands for. The selection process should be aligned directly with the values and mission statements of AsMA.
Fellowship is based on the following tenets:
It is UNIVERSAL. It is equally open to not only all aeromedical specialties (e.g., physician, nurse, physiologist, etc.) but also to all applications of the study of the aerospace environment, i.e. the researcher who is heavy into article submission, the trainer/operator who plies his/her trade at the pointy end of the spear, and the scientist who applies the research. We are a body of many parts. Excellence is not solely based on covering as many of the bases as possible, but rather how well they perform in their area of expertise while effectively interfacing and applying knowledge gained from the other parts to the betterment of those who utilise our collective services.
It should show evidence of ASSIMILATION. As stated above, whatever the source of specialisation the candidate for Fellow should show via past action the ability to integrate and assimilate all areas of aerospace studies just as a general officer can do the same for a military capability regardless of original MOS. You can’t effectively ply your trade at the highest levels of organisational competence without having a better than average working knowledge of the organisational big picture.
It should be a visual example of AsMA VALUES AND OBJECTIVES. Through one’s professional performance and personal integrity, a Fellow should be a living testament to all that AsMA holds as elemental and vital.
Fellows are selected from among those active members who have made outstanding contributions to aerospace medicine, aeronautics, astronautics, undersea medicine, or environmental health, either in research, in the practical usage of research, or by precept and example. Nominations for Fellowship may be made only by Fellows who are active members (or through the AFG process).
Points System Used for Fellows Evaluation
Potential candidates for Fellow must have been an active member of AsMA for at least seven years.
The list of points assessed for various activities are added up for each candidate with a goal of reaching 130 total points or more. The four main point categories are:
- Activities in Aerospace Points;
- Communication Points;
- Education & Experience in Aerospace Medicine Points; and
- Extreme Environments & Related Activities Points.
Details of the points for each area can be found in the AsMA Fellows Evaluation Committee Points Calculations Sheet.
Follow this link for a flowchart of the Fellows Election process (You will need to log in to AsMA).
Follow this link for some notes on the Pathway to becoming a Fellow (You will need to log in to AsMA).
Steps for AsMA Associate Fellows who wish to be nominated for Fellowship
If you have been an active member of AsMA for seven years or more, undertake a self-assessment using the template in the AsMA Fellows Evaluation Committee Points Calculations Sheet.
If your own estimated final score is 130 points or more, submit your scoring sheet (including all the details that enabled you to reach a total of 130 points or more) via the online form link (as supplied to members via email) by 31 October of each year.
Associate Fellows who can substantiate a claim for 130 points or more will then be submitted as nominations by the AFG to the AsMA Fellows Evaluation Committee prior to Thanksgiving each year.
The AsMA Fellows Evaluation Committee and Nominating Committee will then undertake an assessment of each nomination and communicate directly with potential candidates for Fellowship (as per the Fellows Election process).
A final slate of validated nominees will then be put forward and voted on at the meeting of the Fellows at the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting. Successful new Fellows will then be announced.
(Full details of the selection process for new Fellows can be found via this link: Fellows Election process (You will need to log in to AsMA).)
Page last updated Thursday 14 July 2022.