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Message from the Chairperson
February 2021

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Tetsuya Sakamoto, MD., PhD., FACS.
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 domestic 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’s history, its activity was concentrated on trauma and surgical critical care. This was because during 1960-70’ 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’s 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’ and the establishment of a national licensed paramedic system in 1990’. 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’s 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’ 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(Immediate Stroke Life Support)is 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’s diagnostic criteria for DIC. All those activities are consistent with texts in the articles of association “the advancement of acute medicine in order to serve the health, medical care and welfare of citizens”.
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 ( when we will edit and publish an English journal to share our academic achievements.

Board of Directors

  • Chairperson: Tetsuya Sakamoto, M.D
  • Board Members (in alphabetical order according to last name):
    Akio Kimura, M.D. Shigeki Kushimoto, M.D. Yasuyuki Kuwagata, M.D. Yasumitsu Mizobata, M.D. Naoto Morimura, M.D. Jun Oda, M.D. Shinji Ogura, M.D. Yasuhiro Otomo, M.D. Jyunichi Sasaki, M.D. Takeshi Takahasi M.D. Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, M.D. Shoji Yokobori M.D.
  • Auditors: Takeshi Shimazu, M.D. Hiroyuki Yokota, M.D.
  • 50permanent active committees

Annual Meetings

  • The 47st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine (JAAM)
    Dates: October 2 (Wed) - 4 (Fri), 2019
    President of the meeting: Hiroshi Tanaka, Professor (Department of Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine)




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