COVID-19 Update

Navigating the Challenge Together.

There are no higher priorities for AAAM than the safety and health of our members, supporters, and staff.

In response to the news in recent weeks regarding COVID-19, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update regarding membership renewal, the AAAM Annual Scientific Conference, AIS training courses and what we are doing in the AAAM office to support our team, our members and our global community.

Membership

As you may know, AAAM grants a three-month grace period (from January through March) to renew yearly memberships, which expire each year in December. To help accommodate members impacted by COVID-19 and its subsequent disruptions of everything from groceries, to job routines, to paychecks, AAAM is extending this grace period to June 1, 2020 for those members that have not yet renewed their 2020 membership. This extension will be automatically applied to those members who have not renewed yet.

If you are ready to renew, you may do so at anytime online here.

AAAM Annual Conference

We have been carefully assessing our Annual Conference plans from many perspectives. Attendees’ health and safety are our priorities.

At this time, there are no plans to cancel or postpone the AAAM Annual Conference scheduled to take place October 13-16 in Portland, Oregon, USA. However, we will be keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation as it develops. We will keep you updated on all information regarding the conference plans as it becomes available. If you have any specific questions about the Annual Conference, please don’t hesitate to contact info@aaam.org.

Short Comm, Poster & Student Symposium Deadline Extension

We recognize that many of you are under new stresses and pressure at work and at home. To allow those interested in submitting research additional time to put their work together, we are extending the deadline for Short Communications, Poster Abstracts & Student Symposium to April 30, 2020.

Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) Training Courses

We know that a lot of folks have travel restrictions, both due to budget constraints and COVID-19. Please note, March and April onsite courses have been postponed and we will update the website with additional details as they become available.

Good news! We are continuing to offer AIS08 and AIS15 courses online. We hope that by offering AIS courses online, you can still get the education that you want. May online courses for both AIS08 and AIS15 are now open for registration!

Learn more and register for an AIS Online course here.

Certification

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AIS Certification Board has extended the length of certification status for anyone who’s expiration is spring 2020 until fall 2020.  You do not have to anything as the new date will automatically be updated. Anyone that was registered to test this spring and was unable to due to illness or testing site closure will be moved to the fall testing period at no additional charge. If you were able to test for recertification during the spring testing period, those results will be valid.  An email of your results will be coming directly from the Professional Testing Corporation.  Once we have the results, our online list will be updated. Please contact Kathy Cookman, AIS Business Director/International Technical Coordinator at KCookman@aaam.org should you have additional questions.  Thank you for your patience and your commitment to accurate injury coding!

AAAM Headquarters Office

Each member of the AAAM staff has the ability to work remotely. Currently, all AAAM staff are under ‘work from home’ orders. To minimize disruption and protect employees, we are leveraging our digital workplace tools and working from home with periodic visits to the physical office. Anything you can do electronically in terms of renewals, AIS registrations, and transactions is highly recommended. The AAAM team is fully accessible and ready to seamlessly continue to serve the membership.

Thank you for your patience and trust in AAAM. We will continue to assess the impact as developments unfold and will update our community over the course of the coming weeks. Additionally, we know there may be other items that we have missed. If we missed something that is time-sensitive to you, please feel free to reach out to us by contacting info@aaam.org.

Meanwhile, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, eat healthy, sleep well, breathe deeply, and stay safe.

 

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