The associate membership of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) was established in 2019 to create a defined but incorporated entity within the larger AAST for the next generation of acute care surgeons. The Associate Member Council (AMC) was subsequently established in 2020 to provide the new AM with an elected group of leaders who would represent them within the AAST. In its inaugural year, this cohort of junior faculty and surgical trainees had developed for the AM a set of bylaws, a mission statement, a strategic vision, and a succession plan. The experience of the AAST AMC is exemplary of what can be accomplished with collaboration, mentorship, innovation, and tenacity. It has the potential to serve as a template for the creation and vitalization of future professional groups. In this piece, the AMC proposes a blueprint for the successful conception of a new organization.
- American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
- associate membership
- new organization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine