Member Benefits

Get involved in EAST! Take advantage of the Membership Directory to network, volunteer to serve on a committee, participate in the Mentoring Program, and attend the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly. These are just a few of the ways to get involved.  Keep reading to learn more or visit the pages linked below for opportunities by membership type. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, visit the Join EAST page and apply. Applications are accepted annually between July 1 and November 15.

Benefits for Active Members
Benefits for Residents and Fellows
Benefits for Mentor Members
Benefits for Associate Members
Benefits for Medical Students
Benefits for International Members


Access the Membership Directory to connect with more than 3,600 EAST members around the world. Make sure your profile is up-to-date so that your colleagues can find you, too. Remember to attend the "No Suit, No Problem" networking event at the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly in January. Geared toward fellows and junior faculty, this is a great way to meet future colleagues, discuss career pathways, research development, and skill sets.

Share Your Speaking and Research Interests

Add your speaking and research interests to the Speakers Bureau and join the growing list of EAST members who speak at local, national, and international conferences.  Need a speaker? Use the directory to find your next presenter.

Serve on a Committee or Ad Hoc Task Force

The work of EAST's Divisions, Committees and Task Forces keeps the organization strong and relevant. A call for volunteers is conducted annually in the summer. Look for the email notification and choose a topic that fits your interests. Complete the online form by the deadline to be considered for an appointment. Appointments for the next volunteer year are finalized in November and an email communication confirming your appointment will be sent to you. To learn more about the work of EAST's various committees, visit the Get Involved on a Committee or Task Force page.

Attend the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly

Held annually in January, the Annual Scientific Assembly is EAST's premier educational event that includes hands-on workshops, scientific sessions, networking events, community outreach opportunities and exhibits. EAST accepts traditional scientific abstracts for consideration for podium and quick shot presentation. Submit your abstract before the deadline.

Participate in the EAST Mentoring Program

Participate in the EAST Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee. The goal of this program is to promote the academic and personal growth of early-career trauma and acute care surgeons and guide mid-career physicians towards the next phase of their careers.  EAST seeks senior and mid-career professionals to serve as mentors as well as students, residents, junior faculty, and mid-career professionals to apply as mentees. Visit the EAST Mentoring Program page to learn more.

Take Advantage of the EAST Executive Leadership Coaching & Mentoring Program

Take advantage of the EAST Executive Leadership Coaching & Mentoring Program. This intensive and exclusive 2-year specially curated mentoring program is designed to help mid-career physicians reach the next phase in their career. 

Propose a Practice Management Guideline

EAST Practice Management Guidelines (PMGs) feature evidence-based information to increase the scientific knowledge needed to enhance patient and clinical decision-making, improve health care quality and promote efficiency. Have an idea for a new PMG or an update to an existing one? Submit a proposal. If a PMG under development is in need of volunteers, a volunteer button will be activated. Learn more on the Practice Management Guidelines page.

Partner with Researchers

Visit the Research page to learn about opportunities to collaborate with fellow EAST members on research projects through the Multicenter Trials or INVEST-C programs or apply to one of the many research scholarships and awards that EAST offers. 

Apply for a Scholarship or Award

Apply for one of the many Scholarships and Awards that EAST offers across research, injury control and violence prevention, and education and leadership development. There’s something for everyone no matter your career stage.

Collaborate on an EAST Monthly Literature Review

Volunteer to collaborate on an EAST Monthly Literature Review which features abstracts of relevant articles culled from a variety of professional journals. Contact Nakia Rounsaville at for opportunities.

Develop Your Leadership Skills

Attend the Leadership Development Workshop at the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly in January. Each year EAST selects up to five individuals and sponsors their course tuition for the three-year Leadership Development Workshop series. Applications for this scholarship open annually each summer.

Suggest an Idea for a Podcast

The EAST Careercasts are a series of audio interviews with leaders in the field designed to provide you with practical information regarding career development, leadership and career challenges. Have an idea for a topic or a speaker (including yourself)? Submit a proposal.

Connect on Social Media

There are so many ways to stay connected to EAST – even online! Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube for breaking news, reminders, relevant articles, and all the stories in between. Have a specific interest in trauma? EAST members add their voices to several Twitter accounts focused on discussing research, the field of trauma surgery, and injury control and violence prevention. Click here to learn how you can connect with them.

Volunteer at the Community Outreach Event

Consider a short-term commitment by volunteering at the EAST Community Outreach Event. Held during the Annual Scientific Assembly, this one-day event is coordinated by the EAST Injury Control and Violence Prevention Committee, with volunteers traveling into the community to deliver high-quality, high-profile injury prevention programs. Learn more about the Community Outreach Event  and sign up when the call for volunteers opens in the fall.

Participate in Medical Students' Day

Hosted at the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly, EAST Medical Students' Day is a great opportunity for medical students to learn about the field of trauma surgery! Medical students are paired with EAST members for a day of networking and the opportunity to discuss interests and career goals and ask questions. 

Attend the EAST Fellows & Chief Residents Workshop

A successful career in trauma and acute care surgery requires mentorship, planning, and guidance. This workshop hosted at the annual assembly is designed to to help incoming fellows and chief residents choose the programs and jobs that match the future that best suites them. Register for this workshop once registration for the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly opens in the fall.