American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health (ACCTMTH)

The American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health (ACCTMTH) is the clinicians' group within ASTMH, and includes civilian, military and governmental experts in travelers' health, tropical infection and tropical disease.

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Question of the Month!

What are the differences and similarities between the qualifications of an Infectious Disease Specialist and a Tropical Infectious Disease Specialist?

In the United States, an Infectious Diseases Specialist would be a physician who has completed training in either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics, and then 2-3 more years of subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases, and has passed a Board Certification exam in Infectious Diseases from either the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics, both under the supervision of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

There is no equivalent Certification in Tropical Medicine available from the ABMS. In the United States, one can demonstrate a recognized level of training in tropical medicine via several pathways: 

There are a very few educational institutions in the United States which offer an established degree program in clinical tropical medicine focusing on clinical expertise. For example, Tulane University has long offered a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine, which is open only to clinicians and is designed to prepare them for the practice of tropical medicine. 

A number of institutions, listed on the ASTMH website, offer Diploma or Certificate courses in clinical tropical medicine. Individuals who have taken one of these courses, or who have demonstrated significant practice experience in tropical medicine, are eligible to take the examination offered by ASTMH and to be awarded the Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health- CTropMed® from the ASTMH. Although this is not an ABMS recognized certification, it does reflect a standardized level of knowledge sanctioned by the primary society for clinical tropical medicine in the United States. Persons who have achieved this certificate are recognized by ASTMH and can use the CTropMed® designation.

The International Society of Travel Medicine offers a Certificate in Travel Medicine (CTM) which requires passing an examination offered by that Society. The CTM body of knowledge is more specific to travel, in particular pre-travel preparation, and does not as intensively focus on practice in the tropics.

Other medical practitioners may have an interest in or have received advance training in tropical medicine but not fulfilled the above criteria. They are not prohibited from advertising as specialists in tropical medicine.

In Europe, there is a body similar to the ABMS, which is the UNION EUROPÉENNE DES MÉDECINS SPÉCIALISTES (EUROPEAN UNION OF MEDICAL SPECIALISTS, or UEMS). They also do not have a recognized certification for tropical medicine. In Europe however there are somewhat more institutions which offer well established degree programs for clinicians in tropical medicine; some of these also confer eligibility to sit for the ASTMH exam.

Other countries may have specific programs in tropical medicine which vary as to requirements, but the ASTMH Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health- CTropMed® is one of the few nationally standardized programs to recognize a certain level of competency in clinical tropical medicine.

Update Course

2017 Update Course
June 14-15, 2017
Sheraton Centre Toronto
Toronto, Canada

This course provides a broad overview of the core topics in clinical tropical medicine and travelers' health. Presented in a two-day condensed format, it is an excellent review for health care professionals.

CTropMed® - Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health

The Society fosters professional development in the fields of clinical tropical medicine and travelers' health. The Society has advocated and facilitated the development of new training programs in these fields and has established a mechanism for accrediting them. In addition, ASTMH has prepared an examination to assess and recognize individual excellence in training and knowledge. Passing this examination leads to a CTropMed®- Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health.

ACCTMTH Member Benefits

Clinical Consultants Directory
Any ACCTMTH member in good standing can list in a standardized format details of their clinical practice in the directory, which is available to the public on the ASTMH web site.

View the directory.

To be listed, contact Buffy Finn, Member Services Administrator at bfinn@astmh.org or at One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800 Oakbrook Terrace, IL, 60181, or fax +1-847-686-2253.

2013 Clinical Group Business Meeting Minutes 

Awards and Scholarships

Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has established a fellowship in Dr. Kean's name, administered by the American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health (ACCTMTH), that will provide travel expenses for medical students who arrange clinical or research electives in tropical areas. Round-trip airfare (best-price ticketing) and up to $1,000 for living expenses will be provided. Kean Fellows will be required to prepare and present reports describing their activities. View the application guidelines.

Elsevier Clinical Research Award
The Elsevier Clinical Research Award recognizes excellence in clinically-oriented research presented by a student (within six months of completing undergraduate or master's level training, including medical undergraduate degrees) or person in graduate medical training, of work submitted and presented at the ASTMH Annual Meeting.
Download the application guidelines.
Apply online.

Elsevier Clinical Research Award Recipients
Edward Smith, 2016
Ruwandi Kariyawasan, 2016
Obadia Kenji, 2016
Rahajeng Tunjungputri, 2015
Sarah Boudova, 2015
Ross Boyce, 2015
Paul Griffin, 2014
Junxiong Pang, 2014
Luis Marcos, 2014
Remko Schats, 2013
Sarah-Blythe Ballard, 2013
Samuel Tassi Yunga, 2013
Else Bijker, 2012
Grace Chan, 2012
Jesica Christensen, 2012
Andrew Brent, 2011
Elizabeth Schlaudecker, 2011
Luther Bartelt, 2011
Paul Krezanoski, 2010
Kevin Esch, 2010
Jennifer Downs, 2010 

Marcolongo Lecture
A graduate of the medical school at the University of Rome, Italy, Vincenzo Marcolongo did his post-graduate training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and obtained his doctorate in tropical medicine back at the University of Rome. In his late 30s, while practicing in his native Rome, and with the advent of mass travel, he realized that an international effort of cooperation was needed to assist ill travelers all over the world. He realized that travelers needed to be educated about health risks and tropical diseases they would encounter on trips to ever more exotic destinations. Of particular interest to him was malaria, and the prevention of the unnecessary morbidity and mortality it causes among travelers. So in 1960 he founded the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT), a non-profit foundation, and organized physicians from all over the world into a network assisting travelers.

In his own words: “Distinguished physicians and respected medical institutions, with a sense of solidarity which makes them like one family, are now working in harmony to assist the traveler who may require medical assistance on his journey...The need for peace and understanding between the peoples of the world has never been as great as now. Peace can come only with understanding, and travel is an important means of acquiring it. It is, however, only through the full consciousness of ‘the essence of the human’ that we shall be able to open the difficult paths of international relationships. As a traveler you have an excellent opportunity to serve your country and the world in creating ties of friendship. To you, therefore, we bring this message, a message sparked with beauty all its own: ‘The search for the human’.”

Through his foundation and numerous publications he worked tirelessly to inform and educate the public. Every year tens of thousands of travelers rely on the advice and information provided by IAMAT. Vincenzo Marcolongo died at age 66 in February 1988. His foresight, compassion and generosity serve as inspiration for the continuation of his work through the Foundation.

The Marcolongo Lecture was instituted in 1990; the list of speakers follows.

2016 Leptospirosis in the Tropics: The Diagnostic Challenge Suneth Agampodi
 
2015
 
The Clinical Fascination of Snake-Bite World Wide David A. Warrell
2014 Paraccocidiodomycosis: A Neglected Mycosis of Latin America
 
Carlos Seas
2013 Management of Tegumentary Leishmaniasis: Lessons from Studies on Pathogenesis of Leishmania braziliensis Infection
 
Edgar Carvalho
2012 Gallbladder Carriage of Salmonella: From Chile to Nepal
 
Buddha Basnyat
2011 Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV Infection and HIV Free Survival: Perspectives From Resource Limited Settings Frederick Sawe

2010

Neonatal Infections- A Global Perspective 

Anita K.M. Zaidi

2009 Paradigm Shifts in Tuberculosis Drug Susceptibility Testing: New Dos and Don'ts
 

David Moore

2008 Understanding Neurocysticercosis: Advances in the Last 50 Years

Raul Isturiz

2007 Human African Trypanosomiasis: A Neglected Diseasse with Low Prevalence but High Impact
 

Christian Burri

2006 Severe Malaria: a Moving Target?

Kevin Marsh

2005 Cystic Echinococcosis: to Treat or not to Treat?

Enrico Brunetti

2004 Human African Trypanosomiasis: The Past Explains the Present and is the Key to the Future
 

Jacques Pepin

2003 Japanese Encephalitis: West Nile's Ugly Sister

Tom Solomon

2002 Melioidosis: The Peril in the Paddy Fields

David Dance

2001 Leishmaniasis in the Sudan

Edward Zijlstra

2000 Leptospirosis, the Hide and Seek Disease

Solly Faine

1999 Malaria Prophylaxis: A New Approach

Eli Schwartz

1998 Puerto Rico Meeting Canceled (Hurricane)

 

1997 Clinical Features & Epidemiology of Tick-Borne Encephalitis in Central and Eastern Europe
 

M. Roggendorg

1996 An Infectious Disease Specialist in Hait: AIDS, Typhoid Fever and Civil Unrest
 

Jean Pape

1995 Tuberculosis: Developments in Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
 

JJ Ellner

1994 Management of Severe and Complicated Malaria

Nick White

1993 Human Rabies: Clinical Features, Pathogenesis and Potential Treatment
 

Thiravat Hemauchuda

1992 HIV and Opportunistic Infections in Northeastern Brazil

Anastacio de Queiroz Sousa

1991 Tropical Dermatology

Anthony Bryceson

1990 Radiological Aspects of Tropical and Parasitic Disease

Michael Reeder

Clinical Sessions at ASTMH Annual Meeting

Three or four half-day sessions, which are purely clinical in nature, are organized by ACCTMTH as well as an annual pre-meeting course. For the 2010 Annual Meeting, efforts were made to group the clinical content into the first two days of the conference (which follows the Clinical Pre-Meeting Course). The annual business meeting is preceded by the Marcolongo Lecture, an invited speaker of international stature, and a travelers' health and malaria update by CDC.

Clinical and Educational Resources

Only open access, non-profit, quality sites will be posted here. If you are aware of sites that would be useful to the members of the clinical group please contact the Clinical Group President with a request to have posted.

Images in Tropical Medicine Quiz: http://www.astmh.org/education-resources/clinical-images-quiz

Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites: http://parasitewonders.blogspot.com/

Gorgas Clinical Cases: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/gorgas/​

ASTMH-accredited Courses: www.astmh.org/education-resources/approved-diploma-course

CDC Travelers Heath:  www.cdc.gov/travel

Zaiman Tropical Medicine Slides: www.astmh.org/education-resources/zaiman-slide-library

CDC:  DPDx (Laboratory identification of Parasites of Public Health Concern):  http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/Default.htm

Join ACCTMTH

To join ACCTMTH (you must also join the parent society, ASTMH) contact:
 

Buffy Finn
Member Services Administrator
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
1 Parkview Plaza, Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: +1-847-686-2238
Fax: +1-847-686-2251
E-mail: bfinn@astmh.org

ACCTMTH Executive Council Members

Position Member Term Expires
President John Sanders 2017
President Elect  David Brett-Major 2017
Past President  Duane Hospenthal 2017
Secretary/Treasurer Latha Rajan  2018
Councilor Frederique Jacquerioz   2017
Councilor Miguel Cabada  2018
Councilor Janine Danko 2019