Exempt Purpose, Mission, Vision & Goals

Exempt Purpose

EAST CharterThe purposes for which EAST is organized (EAST's exempt purpose) are to furnish leadership and to foster advances in the surgery of trauma; to afford a forum for the exchange of knowledge pertaining to injury control, research, practice, and training in prevention, care, and rehabilitation of injury; to stimulate investigation and teaching in the methods of preventing, correcting, and treating injuries from all types of accidents; to enhance the study and practice of the surgery of trauma by establishing lectureships, scholarships, foundations, and appropriate evaluation procedures to afford recognition to individuals working in these fields by extending to them membership in the association; to do and engage in any and all lawful activities that may be incidental or reasonably related to any of the foregoing purposes.

EAST Bylaws

Mission, Vision and Goals


EAST is a scientific organization providing leadership and development for young surgeons active in the care of the injured patient through interdisciplinary collaboration, scholarship, and fellowship.


EAST seeks to improve care of the injured by providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge in the practice of trauma surgery; to promote trauma prevention, research, and improved trauma systems design; to encourage investigation and teaching of the methods of preventing and treating trauma; and to stimulate future generations of surgeons to meet the challenge.

Core Strategic Goals

  1. Leadership
    Prepare young surgeons to become leaders
  2. Development
    Promote unique programs for the career development of young surgical leaders
  3. Scholarship
    Provide education and training across the continuum of acute surgical care
  4. Fellowship
    Encourage a sense of community for personal professional growth
  5. Collaboration
    Work with our stakeholders to advance patient care and trauma systems