Join the American Society of Retina Specialists
Thank you for your interest in joining the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), an organization representing more than 2400 retina specialists worldwide. The mission of the ASRS is to provide a collegial open forum for education, to advance the understanding and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases, and to enhance the ability of its members to provide the highest quality of patient care.
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Practicing Retina Specialist - Regular or International Member
An ophthalmologist who has completed a vitreoretinal fellowship of one year or more, and whose major professional activity is devoted to patient care, instruction or research in the field of vitreoretinal diseases may be eligible for this category of membership. Applicants for this category must be engaged in an active vitreoretinal practice, and be licensed to practice medicine in one or more of the United States or in Canada. In addition they must be board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology or the equivalent in Canada. They shall provide recommendation letters from 2 current Members or International Members of the Society, and provide a letter from their Fellowship Program Director verifying the length and successful completion of their fellowship program. Members shall pay an application fee at the time of their application submission and annual dues thereafter. All Members have the right to vote and be eligible to hold office.
An ophthalmologist who has completed vitreoretinal training and whose major professional activity is devoted to patient care, instruction or research in the field of vitreoretinal diseases outside of the United States or Canada may be eligible for this category of membership. Applicants for this category are not required to provide Board certification by American or Canadian boards. They must provide recommendation letters from 2 current Members or International Members of the Society. International Members shall pay an application fee at the time of their application submission and annual dues thereafter. All International Members have the right to vote and be eligible to hold office.
Retina Fellow-in-Training (FIT) or International Fellow-in-Training (INT-FIT)
A physician who has completed an approved residency in ophthalmology and is currently engaged in a 1 or 2 year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases may be eligible for this category of membership. The Fellow is to be recommended by their fellowship director, who must be an active member of the ASRS. FIT and FIT-INT Members shall pay annual dues at a reduced rate from those set for Members and International Members. FIT and FIT-INT Members shall be ineligible to hold office, or have the right to vote. FIT and FIT-INT Members shall be allowed to hold status in this membership category for a maximum of two years.
Following completion of fellowship, all FIT and FIT-INT Members must submit an upgrade application, along with all supporting documentation, requesting to become either a Member or International Member. This process must be completed within 6 months of completion of fellowship program. FIT and FIT-INT Members who do not complete the upgrade application process within the allotted timeframe will be offered a 1 year FIT provisional membership and will be required to pay regular member dues for that year. If an FIT does not complete the upgrade process within the 6 month requirement and/or does not pay their FIT provisional membership dues, they will be required to reapply for membership and pay any corresponding application fees. Please contact the ASRS headquarters for further information including upgrade application deadlines.
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Affiliate and Associate Categories
A physician or scientist employed by a pharmaceutical, medical device or other health care organization whose professional focus is on the field of retina and vitreous diseases is eligible to become a Corporate Affiliate of the Society upon application and approval by the Society’s Credentials Committee and upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Members of the Board of Directors. Applicants shall submit a letter of request outlining their qualifications and desire to become a member. They must also provide two letters of recommendation from current ASRS Board of Director members and one recommendation letter from a current Member or International Member of the Society. Applicants shall pay an application fee at the time of their application submission and annual dues thereafter. A Corporate Affiliate may not vote or hold office or serve on Committees of the Society and shall pay such fees as are determined from time to time by the Board of Directors. A Corporate Affiliate may, if sponsored by a Member, participate in the Scientific Meetings of the Society, and may have access to such publications, programs and other Society benefits as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine. An individual’s status as a Corporate Affiliate shall terminate upon termination of the individual’s employment by the pharmaceutical, medical device or other corporation or upon action by the Board of Directors taken in its sole discretion.
An ophthalmologist, physician or holder of a graduate degree who has made a major scientific contribution to the field of retina and vitreous diseases is eligible to become a Scientific Associate of the Society upon approval by the Society’s Credentials Committee and upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors. Applicants shall submit a letter of request outlining their qualifications and desire to become a member. They must also provide two letters of recommendation from current ASRS Board of Director members and one recommendation letter from a current Member or International Member of the Society. Applicants shall pay an application fee at the time of their application submission and annual dues thereafter. A Scientific Associate may not vote or hold office or serve on committees of the Society and shall pay such fees as are determined from time to time by the Board of Directors. Scientific Associates may participate in the Scientific Meetings of the Society and may have access to such publications, programs and other Society benefits as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine. The Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, may at any time terminate the position of any Scientific Associate.
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Membership applications are reviewed monthly, and new members are inducted on a monthly basis. Membership dues are set by the ASRS Board of Directors and will be invoiced upon acceptance into the Society.
All correspondence should be mailed or faxed to:
Mark S. Humayun, MD, PhD
Credentials Committee, Chair
20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 2030
Chicago, IL 60606 USA
Additional information concerning the membership application process can be obtained from:
Phone: (312) 578-8760
Fax: (312) 578-8763
Benefits of membership
ASRS Annual Meeting The ASRS Annual Meeting provides a collegial open education forum for members to network and collaborate with peers practicing around the world. The Annual Meeting offers nearly 30 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Only ASRS members are able to fully participate in the meeting, including submitting an abstract for presentation as a first-time presenting author. In addition, members are eligible to receive ASRS Honor Awards, which recognize members who have contributed as an author, panelist, moderator, and/or course faculty member 10 or more times.
Continuing Medical Education ASRS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ASRS currently offers a variety of CME opportunities including the Annual Meeting, the annual Practice Management Issues Seminar, and webinars on key topics such as the CATT study.
PAT survey The Practices and Trends (PAT) Survey is provided solely for the educational interest of the ASRS membership. Members are eligible to participate on an annual basis and results are available only to members.
Retina Times The official publication of ASRS, Retina Times is the definitive information source for physician members. The 5-time-yearly print publication covers the latest clinical trials, research, and technology updates; ASRS news and meeting plans; as well as socioeconomic issues and international news. A subscription to Retina Times is available to members only and the cost is included in annual membership dues.
www.asrs.org The ASRS website is your 24/7 link to the Society and your peers. The members-only section of the website offers a variety of benefits including:
- Networking opportunities through the online membership directory and the RetinaTalk Forum
- Clinical articles providing the latest updates on such topics as clinical trials, medical retina, pediatric retina, research and technology, surgical retina, and uveitis
- Current and past issues of Retina Times with the ability to discuss articles with colleagues
- Current and historical results of the PAT Survey
- Practice management updates and resources on the business and clinical aspects of running a practice, from Electronic Health Records, to billing and coding issues, to R&D patient safety topics
- Archived webinars on timely topics, such as the CATT study
- Spotlight Case of the Week
RetinaTalk Forum RetinaTalk is the ASRS online peer discussion forum that connects members from around the world. Members are able to participate in discussions with their colleagues who share their interests and expertise.
Advocacy Initiatives ASRS is the voice of retina, advocating in Washington on behalf of retina specialists and patients. We offer information to Congress on key issues affecting your practice.
Find a Retina Specialist As a service to the general public, ASRS provides referrals to retina specialists in their geographic location through the online directory Find a Retina Specialist. Inclusion in the online directory is reserved for ASRS members only.
E-Communications Members receive a subscription to Retina FYI, the ASRS official monthly e-newsletter. Retina FYI provides members with timely updates on issues affecting retina practices and Society activities and programs. The Society also distributes communications with time-sensitive news and issues affecting your practice.
Member Discounts ASRS members receive substantial discounts on all products and services offered through the Society, including the Annual Meeting, Practice Management Issues Seminar, and educational webinars.