An International Professional Association's Contribution to Aerospace Medicine

Case study of the Aerospace Medical Association’s response to the challenges of surviving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association survived primarily by continuing to conduct association business in spite of the limitations imposed by the pandemic through innovative methods and not simply accepting the negative impact of the conditions imposed by the virus. The 91st Annual Scientific Meeting scheduled for May 2021 in Reno, was postponed to allow a larger number of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations necessary for an in-person meeting. Negotiations completed without costing AsMA any of the $600,000 in potential penalties thanks to the efforts of AIM and the AsMA head office leadership. The cancelled 91st Annual Scientific Meeting was a two edged sword. While it significantly reduced revenue for the year, expenses were significantly lower in 2020. Association payroll and utilities were partially offset by grants through the Paycheck Protection Program. AsMA membership numbers dropped during the pandemic, likely a direct result of the cancelation of the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, since many members renew their memberships when they register at the meeting; however, the Association has welcomed 1 new constituent organization, 2 new corporate members, and 4 new affiliate organizations this year. While CME courses were difficult to obtain during, AsMA conducted two webinars in December 2020, two in March 2021 and one in May 2021 for a total of 15 hours of CME, which was badly needed by its members. Working with ICAO,. AsMA members have directly contributed to the development of recommendations and guidelines for testing and vaccination to reduce risk during the COCID-19 pandemic. In summary, the Association has continued to be a vibrant part of the aerospace medical community by continuing to pursue its role as a world leader in the field during the pandemic.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $0.0
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Federal Aviation Administration

      800 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, DC  United States  20591
    • Project Managers:

      Tvaryanas, Anthony

    • Performing Organizations:

      Civil Aerospace Medical Institute-Federal Aviation Administration

      P.O. Box 25082
      Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73125
    • Principal Investigators:

      DeJohn, Charles

    • Start Date: 0
    • Expected Completion Date: 20211229
    • Actual Completion Date: 20211229
    • USDOT Program: Aeromedical Research

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01782623
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Aviation Administration
    • Contract Numbers: N/A
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 22 2021 4:20PM