American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Categories of Membership

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.
    • Also applies for Active Military category. Requires a proof of active military service, such as an active military ID card or the active military service letter.
  • 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.
    • Also applies for Military Candidate for Membership category. Requires a proof of active military service, such as an active military ID card or the active military service letter.
  • Resident and Fellows Membership: Includes residents actively engaged in an accredited plastic surgery residency program in the U.S. or Canada and fellows actively engaged in an ACGME accredited or private fellowship in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Associate Membership: The Associate Member category is open to individuals who contribute to the overall body of knowledge of plastic and reconstructive surgery in their field.
  • Allied Health Affiliate Membership: Allied Health Affiliate Membership may be conferred upon non-physician health care professionals that support the plastic surgery team, who include, but are not limited to: nurses, physician assistants, research assistants, practice and office administrators and related staff, residency coordinators, surgical technologist and/or assistants.
  • 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 surgeons who have completed three years in practice and is a member of their country's national society.
  • International Candidate Members: Plastic surgeons who have completed their residency and fellowships, but have less than three years in practice.
  • International Trainees: Residents and fellow enrolled in a plastic surgery residency training program or plastic surgery apprenticeship.
  • Retired International Members: Members who have retired from the active practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery and who so request.