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Acute Medicine and Surgery(Established; June 1, 1996 Last Updated; June 14, 2013)

A new Information about gAcute Medicine and Surgeryh
On behalf of the Japanese Association of Acute Medicine (JAAM), it is my great honour to announce a new, international, peer-reviewed journal named Acute Medicine and Surgery (AMS), the Early View of which will become publically available at the 7th Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine (7th ACEM) during the coming October. The journal itself will officially be launched on January 1st 2014.

While JAAM will undertake its publication, an international Editorial Board will be responsible for all editorial decisions.

As an academic journal, the key concept of AMS will be diversity of study aimed at identifying acute illness. This diversity will encompass a wide range of academic activities, including basic pathophysiological analyses, experimental studies, epidemiological research into disease and/or injury, studies on pre-hospital management and EMS systems, analyses of initial care in the Emergency Room, and the development of definitive treatments and new intensive care strategies. All these activities need to be integrated in order to elucidate and provide better care for acute illness. Moreover, the sharing of scientific knowledge firmly based on observable facts by those who contribute must underpin this endeavor.

An understanding of the need for a diversified approach based on a shared scientific philosophy will form the cornerstone of this new journal. The AMS will allow the valuable information that this endeavor provides to be shared among medical personnel throughout the world.

Aims and scope of AMS:

Acute Medicine & Surgery (AMS) will be an international, peer-reviewed, academic journal for acute medicine and surgery. Acute medicine covers a wide range of clinical areas, and is concerned with the description of cases of acute illness or injury. The journal will carry pathophysiological analyses of acute illness or injury, whether the cause is medical and/or surgical. Studies of acute medicine will include initial care in the emergency room, definitive treatment during the acute phases of illness or injury, and may also cover subsequent critical care. In addition, acute medicine will involve the study of health care systems for acute patients, medical control systems, and disaster medicine.

AMS seeks to share academic achievements among specialists and generalists involved in the study of acute medicine and its clinical practice. AMS will carry editorials, review articles, original papers, and letters to the editor related to published issues and/or matters that may be of particular benefit or interest to the greater readership. Case reports may be published if their clinical or scientific validity is considered significant for publication.

Chairperson, Board of Directors
Japanese Association for Acute Medicine
Mission Statement
The Japanese Association for Acute Medicine (JAAM) is the academic clinical society for acute medicine. Acute Medicine concerns of wide clinical areas arising from patients with acute illness. It covers pathophysiological analyses of acute illness whether the cause should be medical and/or surgical. Also studies of acute medicine include initial care in the emergency room and subsequent critical care and definitive treatment during acute phase of illness. In addition, acute medicine studies health care systems for acute patients, medical control system and disaster medicine. The JAAM is committed to program in acute medicine in order to serve health, medical care and welfare of the populace. To fulfill these goals, the JAAM is responsible for the following projects: 1) holding of annual meetings, 2) publishing peer reviewed scholarly journals and other academic papers, books and documents, 3) establishing affiliations with related domes tic and international organizations, and 4) activities incidental and related to the objectives set forth in the preceding items.
About Jaam
The JAAM was founded in November 1973. In the early period of JAAMfs history, its activity was concentrated on trauma and surgical critical care. This was because during 1960-70f in Japan there was a huge number of victims of traffic accident (more than 16,000 dead within 24 hours after injury) but only little academic background was available to support acute trauma care. JAAMfs initial intension to trauma care was its correspondence to social needs as an academic association. This attitude of JAAM corresponding to the social situation by providing academic option seems to be the JAAM tradition.
JAAM has contributed towards the establishment of nationwide system of tertiary life-saving emergency centers in the mid-1970f and the establishment of a national licensed paramedic system in 1990f. JAAM constructed a system of board certification for Acute Care Physician. It is one of 18 designated basic areas for specialized physicians in Japan recognized by the Japanese Board of Medical Specialists.
Since 1976, JAAM annual general meetings have been held every in autumn and now it is a three-day meeting with more than 1000 presentations and 4000-5000 attendants. JAAM had joint meetings with the AAST (American Association for the Surgery of Trauma ) three times in 1997, 2004, 2008.
JAAM has become one of the major medical associations with more than 10,000 members in Japan and JAAMfs tradition of corresponding to the social situation has been maintained. The social situation of Japan has been changed and the numbers of traffic victims have decreased to about 25% of the late-1960f and an aging society with a low birthrate is emerging. The core part of major social needs for acute medicine has shifted from trauma to acute medical illness.
JAAM has already started to correspond to those social needs. Off-the-job-training (OJT) is much more important for the relatively in small number of trauma patients to keep quality of care. JATEC (Japan Advanced Trauma Evaluation and Care) and JPTEC (Japan Prehospital Trauma Evaluation and Care) were originated by JAAM and are well-established as OJT courses in Japan. ICLS (Immediate Cardiac Life Support) is another OJT course focusing on the initial 10 minutes of CPR and ISLSiImmediate Stroke Life Supportjis an OJT course for neuro-emergencies and those courses originated by JAAM with collaboration with other medical associations.
Other than OJT courses, our committee on DIC published a series of articles in English introducing JAAMfs diagnostic criteria for DIC. All those activities are consistent with texts in the articles of association gthe advancement of acute medicine in order to serve the health, medical care and welfare of citizensh.
For further contributions to the health of the citizens of the world we wish to extend our collaboration with other organizations in overseas. JAAM is the host association of 7th Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine (ASEM) which will be held in Tokyo in Oct. 2013 (http://www2.convention.co.jp/acem2013/) when we will edit and publish an English journal to share our academic achievements.
Board of Directors
  • Chairperson: Tetsuo Yukioka, M.D.
  • Board Members (in alphabetical order according to last name):
    Satoshi Gando, M.D. Shingo Hori, M.D. Toshio Nakatani, M.D.
    Teruo Sakamoto, M.D. Tetsuya Sakamoto, M.D. Takeshi Shimazu, M.D.
    Hiroshi Tanaka, M.D. Koichi Tanigawa, M.D. Haruhiko Tsutsumi, M.D.
    Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, M.D. Hiroyuki Yokota, M.D. Junichiro Yokota, M.D.
  • Auditors: Tohru Aruga, M.D., Hisashi Sugimoto, M.D.
  • 27 permanent active committees
Annual Meetings
  • The 41st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine (JAAM)
    Website: http://www2.convention.co.jp/41jaam/
    Dates: October 21-23,2013
    Venue: Tokyo International Forum
    President of the meeting: Shingo Hori, M.D. (School of Medicine, Keio University)
  • The 7th Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine (ACEM 2013)
    Website: http://www2.convention.co.jp/acem2013/organize.html
    Dates: October 23-25,2013
    Venue: Tokyo International Forum
    President of the meeting: Tohru Aruga, M.D. (Showa University School of Medicine)

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