Great anticipation abounds at AAAM as we look forward to the upcoming events of 2021. It has been a long winter for most above the equator, or summer for those below the equator, and everyone is ready to greet a new season. AAAM is no exception and the Scientific Program Committee has been successfully planning what we hope will be a hybrid scientific meeting that everyone may attend. We remain flexible, but do think this will be a chance to gather in-person in Indianapolis and online for those who cannot travel. We will be “Leading the Race: 65 Years of Automotive Safety” with exciting events and inspiring keynote speakers. We are delighted to announce that Dr. Terry Trammell will be one of our keynote speakers. Dr. Trammel brings experience as an engineer and orthopedic surgeon in Indianapolis as he will discuss his involvement in safety for motorsport drivers nationally.
Be sure to mark your calendar for October 19-22, 2021 and stay tuned for details as they evolve in the months ahead.
As the Scientific Program Committee continues to develop the program, you are encouraged to submit short communications, posters and student symposium submissions until the April 18 deadline. Works in progress are also welcome for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs): Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Global Child & Youth, and Automated Vehicles.
AAAM has something for everyone in the months ahead. Our Special Interest Groups are considering how they can collaborate in a common arena and strengthen the possible initiatives. Members will be given an opportunity to contribute to that planning in the near future.
Education through webinars has become an amazing venue to advance our knowledge. The recent Child webinar and others are posted for member viewing on aaam.org. Click to access.
Each of the SIGS is active and new members are welcome. To sign up, visit AAAM’s website. The new Global Child & Youth Road Safety SIG now represents over 15 countries and is exploring the ways they can advance child road safety. You are invited to join in the efforts!
These are challenging times and this amazing activity reflects the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of AAAM. I am thrilled to serve as your president and look forward to seeing you soon!
Marilyn J. Bull, MD, FAAP