Benefits for Medical Students

Every year, EAST welcomes medical students who are considering pursuing a medical career in trauma, surgical critical care, or acute care surgery. As a medical student, we encourage you to apply and take advantage of EAST’s unique programs to develop leaders. There are no annual dues associated with this membership type.

If you are interested in becoming a member, visit the Join EAST page and apply.


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. This is a great way to meet future colleagues, discuss career pathways, research development, and skill sets.

Participate in the EAST Mentoring Program

As a Medical Student member, participate in the EAST Mentoring Program which provides extramural mentorship over a 1-year period with the goal of a long-term relationship being formed between mentors and mentees. Join as a mentee!

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. 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

Attend the Annual Scientific Assembly, EAST's premier education event where scientific papers are presented and advances in the field are discussed. Held annually in January, the assembly is free to Medical Students!

Attend EAST Medical Students' Day

Hosted at the 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. 

Collaborate on an EAST Multicenter Trial

Are you an aspiring researcher? Achieve your research goals by collaborating with other centers by joining or starting an EAST Multicenter Trial. Learn more by visiting the EAST Multicenter Trials page.

Apply to the John M. Templeton, Jr., MD Injury Prevention Research Scholarship

The intent of the John M. Templeton, Jr., MD Injury Prevention Research Scholarship is to help support a young investigator perform an interventional trial in the field of injury prevention. Applicants may be enrolled in graduate medical education. Learn more here

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? Submit a proposal.

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.

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.

Connect on Social Media

There are so many ways to stay connected to EAST – even online! Join the conversation on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, 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.