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US and Canada

  • Active Member: Plastic surgeon who is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS®) or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada® and/or the Corporation Professionnelle des Médecins du Québec. All active members must complete one year as a candidate member, prior to being elevated to Active Membership.
  • Candidate for Active Membership: Plastic surgeon who has completed residency and fellowship training and is eligible for board certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS®) or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada® and/or the Corporation Professionnelle des Médecins du Québec. All applicants for active membership must serve as a candidate for a minimum of one year.
  • Resident and Fellows include:
    • Residents actively engaged in an accredited plastic surgery residency program in the U.S. or Canada
    • Fellows actively engaged in an ACGME accredited or private fellowship in the U.S. or Canada
  • Associate Membership: Associate Membership is an honor bestowed upon individuals who have achieved outstanding recognition in their field and who have made significant contributions to plastic and reconstructive surgery. Applicant must be actively engaged in the practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery or other medical specialty, profession, scientific, or para-medical field that is directly related to plastic surgery.The associate membership is for plastic surgeons who are not board eligible by the ABPS or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada® and/or the Corporation Professionnelle des Médecins du Québec.
  • Affiliate Membership: A non-physician membership category, applicants and members must be employed by a member of ASPS, and include nurses and physician assistants, research assistants, office administrators and related staff, residency coordinators, surgical technologist, assistants and CRNAs.
  • Life Members: Life Active Members do not pay dues but shall pay an annual fee. Life Active Members may not hold office but shall have the other rights and privileges of Active Membership
  • Life Inactive Members: Life Inactive Members do not pay dues or an annual fee. Life Inactive Members have limited rights and privileges as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors but may not hold office, vote or serve on committees of the Society.

Outside the United States and Canada

  • International Member: Practicing plastic surgeon who have completed three years in practice and is a member of their country's national society.
  • International Candidate Members includes plastic surgeons who have completed their residency and fellowships, have less than three years in practice and is a member of their country's national society.
  • International Trainees include residents and fellow enrolled in a plastic surgery residency training program or plastic surgery apprenticeship.
  • Retired International Members
  • Retired Inactive International Members