For Trainees & Early Career Scientists

The AAS meetings are a great place for autonomic trainees to learn new developments in the field, meet established faculty and find out about career opportunities in the field.



UCNS Autonomic Disorders Certifying Examination Review Course

David S. Goldstein, MD, PhD. is organizing the review course for the UCNS certifying examination in autonomic disorders. The course will be part of the AAS meeting in San Diego on November 2, 2016.
Dr. Goldstein has assembled slide sets for registrants to help prepare, in the following areas: ANS organization; chronic autonomic failure (CAF); chronic orthostatic intolerance (COI); other disorders involving altered autonomic functions; treatment; autonomic function tests.
Dr. Goldstein will make the slide sets available upon email request to: The slide sets will be available for download via Dropbox. Dr. Goldstein is planning on monthly Q&A sessions on these topics, beginning later in the summer. In addition, his e-book, Principles of Autonomic Medicine (version 1.1), can also be downloaded for free via Dropbox upon request.

Travel Fellowships

Trainees can apply for Travel Fellowship Awards that offer several different perks including cash prizes, complimentary registration, a one-year subscription to Clinical Autonomic Research – the AAS’ official journal, and more. Each Travel Fellowship has different qualifying criteria, which applicants should refer to determine their eligibility. The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition also offers Training Fellowship Awards for work dedicated to MSA, with special emphasis on original research discoveries that have an impact on improving quality of life for patients living with MSA. Winners of all the Trainee Travel Fellowships will present their work at a dedicated platform session on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at 7 PM – 8 PM. For more details, click here.

To be eligible for any travel fellowship award, trainees must be a member of the AAS and submit a letter from their supervisor with proof of training status to by June 1, 2016.

Trainee Poster Competition

The American Autonomic Society is hosting a Trainee Poster Competition. All trainees will be eligible for one of four $100 trainee awards. Four trainee posters will be selected as winners by a panel of senior investigator judges at Poster Sessions I and II. Winners will be notified at the end of Poster Session II. The four winning trainees will be required to present a 5-minute platform presentation summary of their work at the oral scientific session on Friday, November 4, from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more details, click here.

Trainee Social

The AAS hosts a Trainee Social, inviting all Trainees and Early Career Scientists to mingle and meet established faculty members. The trainee social will take place on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 (check the final program for details). Light refreshments will be served.


Additional Resources

UCNS Autonomic Certification | AAS Travel Awards | AAS Poster Competition | Tips on Presenting Posters