The 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.

Qualification for active membership requires an applicant to be a licensed physician, active in the field of trauma residing in the United States and in possession of a valid certificate from a surgical board which is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Physicians who are not yet board certified may join EAST as a Provisional member. Physicians from other countries are also welcome as international members. Other health care professionals may join as Associate members. See chart below for membership categories and eligibility requirements.

Categories for membership include:

Category Description 2018 Dues - EAST Membership Year is January 1 - December 31
Active Licensed, board-certified surgeon, under the age of 50, active in trauma - Application deadline November 15th.
Senior Individuals 50 years of age and older who meet the requirements for Active membership - Application deadline November 15th.
Associate Physicians in non-surgical specialties and non-physicians - Application deadline November 15th. $325
Provisional Meet requirements for Active but not board certified. This category is open to residents and recent residency graduates - Application deadline November 15th.
Fellow-In-Training Meet the requirements for Active or Provisional but are currently completing a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery Fellowship.  Fellowship cannot be completed prior to June 30, 2019 - Application deadline November 15th. $100 First Year of membership. Amount for subsequent years will be based on Membership Category (i.e. Active or Provisional)
Medical Student Students of any medical or osteopathic school - Application deadline November 15th. $0
International Non-residents of US or Canada, contributing to trauma - Application deadline November 15th. $0

Application Deadlines and Timeline for Membership Approval

Thank you for your interest in applying for membership. Our online application system is closed (as of November 15) but will reopen July 1. If you would like to be notified when the membership application system is available again, please add your name to this form, and we will contact you.

Applications that were completed before the November 15 deadline will be reviewed and presented for approval at the Annual Business Meeting held in January the year following the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by email of their membership status by January 31.

Review an Existing Application

Applications completed after the deadline will be deleted from the system, and you will need to reapply and pay appropriate application fees when the application cycle opens again July 1.

Applying for membership in EAST is easy!

To join our organization, follow the easy steps in the online application system (currently closed). Once you initiate the process, you may log back in at any time and follow the status of your application.

All information, which includes completed sponsor attestations and receipt of the application fee, must be submitted online and received by the November 15th application deadline; otherwise, your application will not be considered and will be deleted from the system.

The following items are required in order to process your application:

  • Online application form

  • Application fee charged to your MasterCard, Visa, or American Express ($50, non-refundable)

  • Curriculum vitae - uploaded to membership application record. Please note: if you encounter problems uploading your CV,  make sure that Flash is enabled. To enable Flash, go to browser settings. Under the Flash section, either turn on Flash everywhere by clicking “allow sites to run Flash” or turn Flash on for this site by clicking “manage exceptions” and adding the url for the EAST site: 

  • Complete the personal statement section of the application

  • Member Sponsors 

    • All Active, Senior, Provisional, and Fellow-in-Training applicants are required to have at least two EAST Active or Senior member sponsors. You will be required to list three names and two must agree to sponsor your application.

    • All Medical Student or International applicants are required to have one EAST Active or Senior member sponsor. You will be required to list two names and one must agree to sponsor your application.

    • All Associate applicants are required to have two EAST Active, Senior, or Associate member sponsors. You will be required to list three names and two must agree to sponsor your application.

All EAST members are listed in the online application form. Sponsor requests will be sent automatically via email upon submission of your application. Sponsors must complete the online attestation by the November 15 application deadline or your application will not be considered. Hard copies or email copies of sponsorship cannot be accepted. Before selecting your sponsors, you are encouraged to contact them personally and ask if they will be willing to sponsor your membership in EAST. If you need assistance finding sponsors, please email us at  


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