AAAM Awards

The following awards are presented each year at the Annual Scientific Conference honoring the many achievements and service in the automotive medicine field.

Award of Merit

Given to an outstanding individual who has made significant scientific contributions to an aspect of automotive medicine over many years or for a single outstanding contribution. The Nominations and Awards Committee evaluates and recommends candidates to the Board.

2021 Winner: Gary Smith, MD, DrPH

A.J. Mirkin Service Award

Given to an AAAM member who had made continuous service contributions through committee, faculty, and project involvement. The Nominations and Awards Committee evaluates and recommends candidates to the Board.

2021 Winners: Kathy Cookman, BS, CSTR, CAISS, EMT-P, FMNP, and Waqar Malik, MBBS, MPH, CAISS

Donald F. Huelke Lifetime Membership Award

This award is to recognize, honor, and acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding contributions and provided repeated volunteer services to the AAAM organization by maintaining membership for over 15 years, having served on committees or as an officer of the Board, organized seminars (or served as faculty) or symposia, recruited ten or more new members of AAAM, contributed to the endowment fund, and received another AAAM award.

2021 Winner: Uwe Meissner, MS

Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award

Named for Elaine Wodzin, a long-serving executive director of AAAM, who had the innate ability to recognize the future of the organization through the efforts of young professionals. The award is given to a younger (<45 years) member of AAAM for a singular specific achievement in automotive medicine or other contributions to the field of traffic injury control. The achievement could be (but not limited to) the publication of a seminal research work, practical implementation of an injury control concept, or promotion of an element of public injury control policy.

2021 Winner: Anuj Pradhan, MS, PhD

New for 2022: Jan Price Excellence in AIS Teaching Award

The Jan Price Excellence in AIS Teaching Award is named for Janet Price, who has been involved in AAAM for more than twenty years and has helped advance the AIS course and certification program worldwide. Past and present AIS faculty are eligible for this award. Recipients will be awarded $250.

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