Committee Service Information
As of November 2022, more than 1,200 members of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and The Plastic Surgery Foundation serve on 70 committees. The term "committee" is used generically to include committees, subcommittees, work groups, task forces, councils, etc.
Committee Service Application
The 2024 committee service application period (for service from October 29, 2023, to September 30, 2024) will open February 1, 2023, at 12:00 AM CST.
Once the deadline for completing the committee service application passes (May 31, 2023), the committee appointment process for the 31 committees that accept applications will begin. Committee appointments are generally communicated 6-8 weeks before the term begins. We expect the 2024 term committee appointments to be communicated in September 2023. We strive to appoint each applicant to at least one of their selected committees, whenever possible. When it is not feasible, we offer applicants another committee that can accommodate their service.
Committee Service Eligibility
Committee service at ASPS is a membership benefit. The following member types are eligible to serve:
- Active Members
- Life Active Members
- Candidates for Active Membership
- International Members
- Resident Affiliates*
*Residents and Fellows can find further information on the Residents and Fellows Forum page.
Frequently Asked Questions about Committee Service
Get answers to our most frequently asked committee service questions here.
Online Committee Orientation
Whether you're preparing to join a committee for the upcoming term, continuing as a current committee member, or considering committee service, the online committee orientation will provide you with information about the committee process, the importance of committees at ASPS/PSF, roles and responsibilities for committee leaders and members and commitment expectations.
Click here to access the orientation.
Committee Meeting Resource
Running an effective committee meeting is vital for the optimal function of the committee and its ability to carry out its charges. The Running a Successful Meeting resource has been provided for our Committee Chairs, to offer helpful advice and guidance in preparation for their committee meetings.
Confidentiality and Work Product Agreement
Committee members may gain access to confidential and proprietary information while serving on committees. Committee members are obliged to maintain the confidentiality of information they obtain through their committee service unless it is in the public domain. In addition, committee work product, including data and other results generated by a committee established by ASPS or PSF, is the property of ASPS and not of the committee members, either as a group or as individuals. All ASPS and PSF committee members must affirm their agreement to maintain the confidentiality of information learned through committee service as well as their understanding that any work product they or the committee produce is owned by ASPS/PSF by annually signing the Confidentiality and Committee Work Product Agreement. Members may access the Confidentiality and Work Product Agreement here.
Committee Appointments Guideline
The Executive Committee-approved Guideline for Committee Appointments provides a comprehensive and detailed description of the process by which committee appointments are made each year.
The Society and Foundation's 70 committees are divided into business lines and shown on the Committee Listing page. Click on each committee to review committee descriptions. Alternatively, a visual representation of all ASPS/PSF committees by business line is available on the Governance Organizational Chart.
The Committee Site houses general information available to all committee members, as well as committee-specific information such as:
- Committee meeting agenda
- Minutes from past committee meetings
- Upcoming events
- Committee description
How to Access General Files
Files, such as the Governance Organizational Chart, Member Travel Reimbursement Policy and Reimbursement Form, Society and Foundation Bylaws, etc., are available to Society members and can be accessed by clicking on the file name in the General Files area on the lower right of the My Committees home screen.
How to Access Committee-Specific Information
Committee-specific documents and information can be found on the committee's homepage, accessible by clicking on the committee name on the left side of the screen. Only members of the specific committee may access the committee's documents.
ASPS Mobile App
ASPS Committee Members may access the Committee Site through the ASPS Mobile App. Click here for information about the mobile app and how to download it to your device.
The Society/Foundation Member Travel Reimbursement Policy provides specific guidelines for reimbursement for expenses associated with travel to Society and Foundation committee meetings. The Member Travel Reimbursement Policy At-A-Glance document summarizes many of those requirements, but the Travel Policy contains all the details.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
Beginning with the 2017 leadership year, all committee, subcommittee, work group and task force members are required to annually submit a Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure Statement.
With this online form, members may update their COI Disclosure Statement as necessary throughout the year.
Additional information, including the Society's COI Policy and Governing Documents, is available on the Conflict of Interest Resources page.
Additional Committee Resources
Additional Committee Resources are accessible from the link posted to the Surgeon Community page.
Please direct questions about the Society/Foundation committees to email@example.com.