Membership

Membership Categories
 

Physicians

Member

  • An ophthalmologist who has completed a vitreoretinal fellowship of one year or more
  • Currently engaged in an active practice with a significant percentage of time devoted to instruction, research, or patient care in retina and vitreous diseases
  • Licensed to practice medicine in one or more of the United States or in Canada
  • Board certified by the ABO, AOBO or equivalent in Canada
  • Shall provide the names of two referring ASRS members
  • Application fee of $150 at the time of application submission and annual dues thereafter
  • All Members have the right to vote and be eligible to hold office

International Member

  • An ophthalmologist who has completed a vitreoretinal fellowship (or equivalent in their country)
  • Currently engaged in an active practice with a significant percentage of time devoted to instruction, research, or patient care in retina and vitreous diseases
  • Board certified as appropriate in their country
  • Shall provide the names of two referring ASRS members
  • Application fee of $150 at the time of application submission and annual dues thereafter
  • All International Members have the right to vote and be eligible to hold office

Fellow-in-Training (FIT)

  • Currently engaged in a 1- or 2- year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases
  • Completion of an approved residency in ophthalmology in the US or Canada
  • Applicants’ fellowship director must complete our fellowship verification form, which will be sent to them by the ASRS at the time of application submission
  • Participation in ASRS Fellow’s Activity Log required
  • Shall pay annual dues at a reduced rate from those set for Members and International Members
  • Ineligible to hold office or vote

International Fellow-in-Training (FIT)

  • Currently engaged in a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases
  • Completion of an approved residency in ophthalmology outside of the US or Canada
  • Applicants’ fellowship director must complete our fellowship verification form, which will be sent to them by the ASRS at the time of application submission
  •  Shall pay annual dues at a reduced rate from those set for Members and International Members
  • Ineligible to hold office or vote

Fellow-in-Training upgrade guidelines:

Following completion of fellowship, FIT and International FIT members have six months to submit an application to upgrade to either regular or international membership in order to remain active members of the society. FIT Members who do not become board certified within six months of fellowship completion 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 for further information including upgrade application deadlines.


Associates

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.


Practice Administrators

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2018 Dues Rates

Membership dues are set by the ASRS Board of Directors and are on a calendar-year cycle. New members will be invoiced upon acceptance into the Society.

 

Early Bird

On or before January 31

Regular

After January 31

Regular Member $525 $550
International Member $425 $450
FIT and International FIT Member $100 $100
Special rate for new international members $250 $250
Practice Administrator Member $100 $100

Benefits of Membership

As the world's largest retina society, the ASRS offers an unparalleled global network of leading retina specialists, world-class meetings and resources to help members stay at the forefront of developments in the field and delivery of highest quality care. Members have exclusive access to an array of products, services and publications. Here's is a sample of member benefits.

Annual Scientific Meeting: The year’s premier retina event attracting vitreoretinal specialists from across the globe for networking and a multi-faceted educational program featuring expert presentation on state-of-the-art retina techniques and clinical breakthroughs, expert panels, 3-d surgical video presentations, a vast clinical poster display, industry exhibits and more.

Annual Business of Retina Meeting This highly anticipated annual event is designed for retina physicians and administrators to gather information and transformational strategies for boosting practice efficiency and success in the increasingly complex health care environment. 

Therapeutic Surveillance Activities: ASRS collaborates with the FDA and CDC to investigate reported adverse events and to notify members about relevant FDA MedWatch alerts.

Continuing Medical Education: ASRS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide medical education for physicians. ASRS offers many CME opportunities including our Annual Scientific Meeting, the Business of Retina Meeting, and a series of live and enduring educational webinarsfeaturing leading retina specialists weighing in on a wide range of topics.

ASRS.ORG Experiential and Learning Resources: Members learn about cutting-edge retina techniques and best practices through online virtual resources including:

Spotlight Cases: Each compelling retina case includes a history, explanation of the diagnosis and treatment.

Innovative Retina Surgical Video Series: A rich library of surgical videos that demonstrate surgical approaches, techniques and principles.

Surgical Retina Video Learning Library: This series of educational videos offers fellows and those new to practice with a bird's-eye view and expert instruction on some of today's most common retina procedures.  

Retina Image Bank: A vast open-access library of more than 22,000 unique and downloadable retina images.

Annual Meeting Archives: A clinical treasure trove featuring enduring scientific meeting content from presentations and posters to papers on demand. 

Best Clinical Retina PracticesThe ASRS is committed to helping members maintain excellence in practice and patient care. Best Clinical Retina Practices is a growing collection of statements offer definitive guidance on what the Society deems to be the current gold standard for clinical retina practice.

PAT SurveyThe annual Preferences and Trends Survey (PAT) measures member preferences on a wide range of medical, surgical and socioeconomic topics and allows participants to benchmark themselves against their peers in real time. Members are eligible to participate and to receive survey results. ASRS also offers the Global Trends in Retina Survey examining retina practice trends worldwide.

PublicationsASRS provides first-class publications to keep members well informed about developments impacting retina from socioeconomic and regulatory issues to advances in retina science and practice.  

Journal of VitreoRetinal Diseases (JVRD): ASRS's official peer-reviewed scientific journal provides a trusted resource for the highest-quality research and clinical information in the rapidly evolving field of retina. JVRD is published online and in print 5 times a year and is a benefit of membership. 

Retina Times: This 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.

Retina News & Alerts: Retina FYI is a weekly e-update on Society activities, programs, evolving legislative, regulatory and practice issues. Late-breaking news is communicated to member through timely e-blasts alerts.  

Find a Retina Specialist: As a service to the general public, ASRS offers the online Find a Retina Specialist directory to help patients find retina specialists in their geographic areas. Inclusion in the online directory is reserved for ASRS members who opt to participate.

Advocacy Initiatives: ASRS serves as the voice of retina, advocating inside the 'beltway' and beyond on behalf of retina specialists and their patients on an array of legislative and regulatory issues as well as  third-party payer issues. 

Customize Your Membership: Through ASRS membership sections -- Early CareerWomen in RetinaFellow-in-TrainingFellowship DirectorsInternational and, Practice Administrator -- members can tailor their experience with programs, resources, networking events, grants/scholarships geared toward their specific interests, career levels and needs.

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