There are 6 classifications for Membership.
As defined in our By-Laws, all those who have signified a desire to become a member of the New England Society are to be diplomats of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and residing in one of the six New England states.
At the incorporation of this Society back on May 21, 1959, those diplomats became the Charter Members of the Society and comprised the initial Active Membership of the Society.
To be considered for election to the membership as an Active or Candidate member, the individual must be proposed and sponsored by an active member or senior member of the Society. Another letter of support must be obtained from either (1) the applicant’s plastic surgery program director or her/his successor or (2) a second member of the New England Society practicing in the same vicinity as the applicant. Letters of support are to be sent to the Membership Chair at least two months in advance of the annual meeting.
These applicants who have completed their residency more than five years previously and who have been in practice in another state, require sponsorship by an active member or senior member of the New England Society. Supporting letters will be required from the secretary of their previous regional or state Plastic Surgery Society and a letter from a second member of the New England Society practicing in the same vicinity as the applicant.
Each applicant’s credentials shall be presented by the Membership Chair to the Executive Council, which, in its discretion, determines if the individual satisfies the Society’s requirements for admission to membership. If so, his/her name shall be submitted to a vote of the active membership of the Society.
Election to membership shall be by ballot, and the affirmation vote of not less than three-quarters of the active members present and voting shall be required for election.
Active Members shall be plastic and reconstructive surgeons who are diplomats of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who are active members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc., and who reside and/or actively practice in one of the New England states. Active members shall enjoy all privileges of membership, including the right to vote and to hold office, and shall be required to pay dues and assessments.
Plastic and reconstructive surgeons residing and actively practicing in one of the New England states who have completed formal training requirements for the American Board of Plastic Surgery but have not obtained certification, and who are Candidate members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc., are eligible for election to Candidate status and, if elected to this category, shall automatically become Active Members at the time of certification. If the candidate fails to pass his/her Boards of Plastic Surgery seven years following completion of Plastic Surgery Residency, she/he will automatically lose his/her membership status. Candidates are not eligible to vote or hold office. They are invited to attend scientific and business meetings of the Society upon payment of registration fee. They shall be required to pay dues and assessments.
Members of other health professions who are residing and actively practicing in one of the New England states whose interest coincides with the stated objectives of the Society shall be eligible for election to Associate Membership. Armed Forces Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons who are members of the Armed Forces and who are stationed in one of the New England states and have completed their plastic surgery training shall be eligible for election to Associate Membership. Such an individual’s membership shall terminate when she/he is transferred out of the New England States or when he/she satisfies the requirements of Article II, Section 5 of the By-Laws. Associate members shall have all the privileges and responsibilities of active members except that they shall not be allowed to vote or hold office and may be excused from paying dues and assessments, if so recommended by the Executive Council.
Senior Members shall be former active members of the Society who have attained the age of 65 or retired, if earlier, and who have been transferred to this category, following application, by the Secretary/Treasurer. Senior members must be Active or Life members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc. Senior members shall not have the right to vote or hold office and shall not be required to pay dues or assessments or to attend annual meetings. Senior members may attend any meetings of the Society upon payment of the registration fee.
Inactive Member status will be accorded to Active Members upon changes of residence to regions outside the New England states. Upon resuming residence in the New England states, such inactive members shall ipso facto revert to active membership or to senior status, if the member is eligible or so requests. Inactive members shall have all the privileges and responsibilities of active members except that they shall not be allowed to vote or hold office and may be excused from paying dues and assessments, if so recommended by the Executive Council.
Honorary Members shall be persons who have made a significant contribution to the meetings of the Society, as a guest lecturer or a panelist, and who are elected by a majority vote of the membership at the annual meeting.