Benefits for Mentor Members

EAST offers numerous opportunities and resources for mid- and late-career professionals active in the acute surgical management of the ill and injured patient. As a Mentor member (formerly Senior member), take advantage of the following programs to enhance your educational, career management, and leadership development and get involved in developing the next generation of leaders!

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

Network Online

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.

Participate in the EAST Mentoring Program

Participate in the EAST Mentoring Program as a mentor. 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 and mid-career professionals to apply as mentees. Visit the EAST Mentoring Program page to learn more.

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.

Submit an Abstract for 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 abstract submissions for traditional scientific abstracts and video abstracts. Submit your abstract before the deadline.

Attend the "No Suit, No Problem" Networking Event

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.

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.

Collaborate on an EAST Multicenter Trial

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.

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.

Nominate an EAST Member

Nominate an EAST member for the John P. Pryor, MD Distinguished Service Award. This annual award presented at the EAST Annual Scientific Assembly recognizes EAST members who have distinguished themselves in the field of military casualty care. All members of EAST (civilian and military) are eligible. Learn more on the John P. Pryor, MD Distinguished Service Award page.

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.

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.

Be a Mentor to a Medical Student during 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. 

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.