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ABA members include burn care physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, rehabilitation experts, and research personnel. Firefighters, attorneys, administrators, prevention educators, and burn patients also comprise the ABA membership. Membership is open to health care professionals and others with a demonstrated interest/accomplishment in the field of burns.

One of the ABA's major activities is to further the professional education of its members. Annual meetings that include postgraduate and correlative sessions are held in the Spring-- with accreditation awarded by the American Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Over 12 standing committees within the Association address the full spectrum of burn-related issues from prevention, education, rehabilitation, research, and the organization and delivery of burn care to federal and ethical issues and burn center verification. Numerous "special interest groups" for members also exist-and include forums for burn center directors, nurses, firefighters, dieticians, and burn survivors-to foster educational exchange and information dissemination.

The ABA publishes the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, its official bimonthly publication, along with the Association's newsletter. The Journal is peer-reviewed, and includes the latest information in research and clinical burn care.

Other ABA publications include (1) Burn Care Resources in North America-- a comprehensive listing of 149 burn care facilities throughout the US and Canada, along with skin banks, burn fellowships, burn foundations, and burn rehabilitation facilities; (2) Education Resource Manual -- an extensive compilation of educational programs and materials in burn care, prevention, and research; and (3) an online Membership Directory.

The Association co-sponsors educational regional meetings throughout the country, and each year awards a number of fellowships and grants to members to advance scientific, clinical, educational, and prevention-related work in the burn care community.

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