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The Aerospace Medical Association

The largest, most-representative professional organization in the fields of aviation, space, and environmental medicine

 

The Aerospace Medical Association is an umbrella group providing a forum for many different disciplines to come together and share their expertise. The Association has provided its expertise to a multitude of Federal and international agencies on a broad range of issues including aviation and space medical standards, the aging pilot, and physiological stresses of flight.

AsMA's membership includes aerospace medicine specialists, flight nurses, physiologists, psychologists, human factors specialists, and researchers in this field. Most are with industry, civil aviation regulatory agencies, departments of defense and military services, the airlines, space programs, and universities. Approximately 25% of the membership is international.

Through the efforts of the AsMA members, safety in flight and man's overall adaptation to adverse environments have been more nearly achieved.

What is Aerospace Medicine?

Aerospace medicine concerns the determination and maintenance of the health, safety, and performance of persons involved in air and space travel. Aerospace Medicine, as a broad field of endeavor, offers dynamic challenges and opportunities for physicians, nurses, physiologists, bioenvironmental engineers, industrial hygienists, environmental health practitioners, human factors specialists, psychologists, and other professionals. Those in the field are dedicated to enhancing health, promoting safety , and improving performance of individuals who work or travel in unusual environments.

The environments of space and aviation provide significant challenges, such as microgravity, radiation exposure, G-forces, emergency ejection injuries, and hypoxic conditions, for those embarking in their exploration. Areas of interest range from space and atmospheric flight to undersea activities, and the environments that are studied cover a wide spectrum, extending from the "microenvironments" of space or diving suits to those of "Spaceship Earth".

Vision Statement

The International Leader in Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine.

Mission Statement

Apply and advance scientific knowledge to promote and enhance the health, safety and performance of those involved in aerospace and related activities.

Guiding Principles 

The Aerospace Medical Association will

    • Be the internationally recognized authority in aerospace medicine.

    • Be an advocate for the advancement of aerospace medicine.

    • Provide value-added services to all members.

    • Provide a forum to integrate all of the aerospace medicine disciplines.

    • Facilitate members' contributions to the field and the organization.

Goals

    • Provide governance of the Association to maintain a sound financial structure and ensure continuity of the Association.

    • Provide opportunities for education and promote research.

    • Provide members opportunities for professional growth and development.

    • Represent the discipline of Aerospace Medicine to professional, commercial and governmental organizations and advocate policies and standards.

The Aerospace Medical Association has kept pace with the advances in aerospace medicine by presenting scientific investigations and papers in the specialty. Through the years, thousands of papers have been presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting. Papers are also published in the Association's official journal, Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (formerly Aerospace Medicine).

Objectives

  • To advance the frontiers of Aerospace Medicine.

  • To ensure the highest levels of safety and health in aviation and aerospace operations.

  • To establish and maintain cooperation between the medical, biological, engineering, and other sciences concerned with aviation, space, and environmental research and programs, as well as to promote the exchange of information on Aerospace Medicine to industry and the general public.

To achieve these objectives, the Association:

  • Provides the world's largest and most comprehensive single annual meeting in the aerospace medical sciences.

  • Publishes Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (formerly Aerospace Medicine), a monthly journal of the aerospace medical sciences, including abstracts from the annual scientific meeting. Other regular features include letters to the editor, aerospace medicine reviews, editorials, book reviews, news items, meetings calendar and news of members.

  • Provides an opportunity for meaningful professional dialogue and easy exchange of information with scientists and engineers, world-wide.

  • Conducts a public affairs program to advocate aerospace medicine issues with other professional organizations and governmental institutions.

Governance

The Aerospace Medical Association is governed by the Council (view list), composed of elected officers, elected members at large, and representatives from Constituent Organizations. The on-going business of the Association is under the direction of the Executive Committee (view list).

Committees

Much of the business of the Association is conducted through its many active Standing Committees. To view a list of these please click here: standing committees . A full description is available in the Bylaws.

Careers in Aerospace Medicine

Aerospace Medicine, as a broad field of endeavor, offers dynamic challenges and opportunities for physicians, nurses, physiologists, human factors specialists, psychologists, bioenvironmental engineers, industrial hygienists, environmental health practitioners, and other professionals. Those in the field are dedicated to enhancing health, promoting safety, and improving performance of individuals who work or travel in unusual environments. Areas of interest range from space and atmospheric flight to undersea activities, and the environments that are studied cover a wide spectrum, extending from the microenvironments of space or diving suits to those of “spaceship Earth.” Find out more about Careers in Aerospace Medicine.

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