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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
Message from the Chairperson
February 2017

At the meeting of the Board of Directors on February 27, 2017, I was appointed as chairperson of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine (JAAM). I look forward to working with our members and all relevant parties to further the cause of acute medicine for the benefit of patients and society.

Today, in the context of an increasingly complex society, acute care physicians who are members of JAAM are facing a tremendous change in their roles and responsibilities. Our super-aging, super-low birthrate demographics translate to a radical transformation of acute medical care needs, which are also becoming more diverse. Acute care physicians and surgeons, who are the core of acute medicine, have conventionally been expected to have the knowledge and skills to deliver swift and efficient care in the ER, ICU, and OR to care for patients suffering from mainly exogenous disease such as multiple trauma, extensive burns, or acute drug poisoning. However, as society changes, so have the expectations on acute medicine: We are now also being called upon to address acute endogenous conditions in multimorbid older patients, provide pre-hospital care through gDoctor Cars(Rapid Car),h gDoctor Helish, and disaster medicine, and engage more fully in Medical Control.

Another development is the new system for medical specialists to be established in 2018 by the Japanese Medical Specialty Board, under which we bear the heavy responsibility of educating and training acute care specialists, which is one of the basic areas of specialty. In addition to having the requisite knowledge and skills, an excellent acute care specialist is trusted by patients and their families. We consider it one of our major responsibilities to develop such specialists, and in order to do so, we need to call more attention to the rewarding and invaluable nature of acute medical care so that more medical students and young doctors will aspire to this specialty. At the same time, we must build systems that enable the acute care physicians and surgeons who are currently actively helping patients to further upgrade their ethics, knowledge, and skills to better serve our society.

Meanwhile, worldwide, we are seeing an extraordinary number of natural disasters associated with global climate change, as well as man-made disasters and acts of terrorism that reflect international political instability. JAAM members were the core members of the medical support program for the 2016 G7 Summit held in our nation, and JAAM will likewise be expected to play major roles in the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

One of JAAMfs objectives is gthe development and advancement of acute medicine and acute medical care in order to serve the health, medical care and welfare of citizens (Articles of Association Article 3).h One of the most important of our many initiatives to achieve this objective is the holding of annual meetings. Conventionally, such meetings were greatly dependent upon the discretion of the president, but JAAM will play a more significant role going forward as we begin to take over the planning, organization, and implementing of annual meetings..

To respond effectively to the many challenges and expectations placed upon JAAM by our members and our society, I realize that one of our urgent tasks is to further solidify our financial base. I am committed to working together with all of our members for the development and advancement of acute medicine and acute medical care.

Hiroyuki Yokota, MD., PhD., FACS.
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Japanese Association for Acute Medicine
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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