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• Finer breakdown by age categories;• Is the problem primarily a result of
increased volume (more older riders) or areother factors contributing?
• Why do crashes/fatalities occur amongolder riders?
• Are there differences in the types of in-juries sustained by older and younger rid-ers?
• What are the relative contributions ofrider, vehicle, and environmental factors?Among riders, what are the contributions offunctional difficulties (eg, judgment, percep-tion, balance, coordination), inexperience(either novice riders or those who return aftermany years of not riding), and relative “frailty”or susceptibility to injury compared withyounger riders? Are older riders buying “toomuch bike” in terms of speed, size, and con-trol? Is the preponderance of rural fatalities areflection of the nature of the crashes or ofmedical response time? Would operatortraining or retraining help to decrease theoccurrence and severity of crashes, and, if so,are there enough training programs availableto accommodate the increasing number ofolder riders?
This added information would at leastyield more insight to how and why crashesare occurring and, hopefully, would promptthe development and testing of interventionstrategies to counteract this growing andconcerning trend.
N H T S A N O T E S
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Traffic Safety Medical FellowshipOne-Year Intermittent Appointment
• One-year appointment available as Medical Fellow at the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration (NHTSA).
• Traffic safety education, research, and writing in a variety of injury prevention areas possi-ble: occupant safety, alcohol, novice drivers, older driver safety, child safety, pedestrians,bicycles, motorcycles, other.
• Position located within US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC.• Intermittent days over 1-year period to start approximately summer 2002 (negotiable).
Minimum time commitment is 30 days in 1-year period.• Some work can be completed at Fellow’s home base, at NHTSA, or a combination.• Depending on location of selected medical fellow, NHTSA reimburses travel and accom-
modation expenses in Washington, DC.• Fellow’s sponsoring institution supports other expenses.
Qualifications• Mid-level faculty in emergency medicine (minimum 2 to 5 years post residency).• Full-time appointment at academic institution.• In good standing with hospital and academic institution.• Support agreement from Fellow’s sponsoring institution.
Benefits• Guest editor for at least 1 issue of “NHTSA Notes” in Annals of Emergency Medicine.• Participation at national traffic safety and injury prevention meetings.• Collaborative development and networking in traffic injury prevention with national lead-
ers in traffic injury control.
The application deadline is April 1, 2002. Please send your CV, evidence of support from yoursponsoring institution, and a letter of intent expressing your interest in the Fellowship posi-tion. In your letter of interest, please include indication of your area(s) of interest in motorvehicle injury control. These should be sent to Joan Harris, NHTSA, 400 7th Street SW (NTS-20), Washington, DC 20590, or via e-mail at [email protected].
2002 Medical Toxicology Subspecialty ExaminationThe American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) will
administer the certifying examination in Medical Toxicology on October 26, 2002.Physicians must submit an application to the board through which they are certified. Physicians who are certified by an American Board of Medical Specialties
member board other than ABEM, ABP, and ABPM and who fulfill the eligibility criteria may apply to ABEM. On successful completion of the examination, certificationis awarded by the board through which the physician submitted the application.
Application materials will be available for ABEM diplomates on February 1, 2002, and will be accepted with postmark dates through May 1, 2002. ABP and ABPMdiplomates should contact their boards for application cycle information.
American Board of Pediatrics American Board of Preventive Medicine111 Silver Cedar Court 330 South Wells Street, Suite 1018Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1651 Chicago, IL 60606-7106919-929-0461 312-939-2276Fax 919-929-9255 Fax 312-939-2218
American Board of Emergency Medicine3000 Coolidge RoadEast Lansing, MI 48823517-332-4800Fax 517-332-6370