The core values of ASPS embody excellence in plastic surgery through education, research and intellectual exchange, and by promoting unity in the specialty of plastic surgery.
ASPS offers membership opportunities for plastic surgeons in every stage of their career, from residency to retirement, as well as membership opportunities for members' support staff.
United States and Canada
- Active Member – A plastic surgeons who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and/or the Corporation Professionelle des Médecins du Québec. All Active Members must complete one year as a Candidate for Membership, prior to being elevated to Active membership.
- Candidate for Membership – A plastic surgeon who has completed formal training and is eligible for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and/or the Corporation Professionelle des Médecins du Québec. All applicants for Active membership must serve as a Candidate for Membership for a minimum of one year.
- Resident/Fellow Member – A resident actively engaged in an accredited plastic surgery residency program in the United States or Canada, or a fellow actively engaged in an ACGME-accredited or private fellowship in the United States or Canada. Residents and fellows are invited to join the ASPS Residents & Fellows Forum.
- Medical Student Member – A medical student enrolled in an accredited medical school program. Medical students are invited to join the ASPS Medical Student Forum.
- Associate Member – An individual who contributes to the overall body of knowledge of plastic and reconstructive surgery in their field who is not eligible for Active membership as they are not board certified.
- Allied Health Affiliate Member – A non-physician healthcare professional, such as a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, research assistant, practice and office administrator and related staff, residency coordinator, surgical technologist and/or assistant, who is employed by or works directly with a member of ASPS.
- International Member – A plastic surgeon who has completed at least three years in practice and is a member of their country's national society.
- Candidate for International Membership – A plastic surgeon who has completed their training, has less than three years in practice and is a member of their country's national society.
- International Trainee Member – A resident, fellow, trainee or apprentice enrolled in a plastic surgery training program.
- International Medical Student Member – A medical student enrolled in an accredited medical school program.