Membership Types

Categories of AAPOS Membership

Active, Associate, Affiliate, International, and Orthoptist member category applications will be open from March 23, 2020 until November 30, 2020 for approval at the 2021 AAPOS Annual Meeting in April 2021. 


Candidate-in-Training, Administrator, Medical Student, Resident member category applications are open year round and are approved monthly at the AAPOS Board of Director meetings.

Overview

Candidate-In-Training Member

CIT Application

Eligibility Requirements

Yearly Dues: $275 for 1-4 years

  • A physician who is engaged on a full-time basis in an Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology compliant fellowship shall be eligible to apply for the status of Candidate-in-Training.
  • An individual is eligible for the category of Candidate-in-Training for the duration of the fellowship program plus two years for a total not to exceed four years.
  • Applicants for the Candidate-in-Training category will be reviewed and considered by the Membership Committee with confirmation by the Board of Directors.
  • Admission as a Candidate-in-Training does not waive any requirement, including maintaining active and unrestricted licensure, necessary for any category of membership.

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International Candidate-In-Training Member

Int'l CIT Application

Eligibility Requirements

Yearly Dues: $175

  • A physician who is engaged on a full-time basis in a fellowship for international physicians consisting of a two year preceptorship with an Active AAPOS Member, International Member, or Emeritus Member, or a program of fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus of at least six months under the direction of an Active AAPOS Member, International Member, or Emeritus Member, shall be eligible to apply for the status of International Candidate-in-Training.
  • An individual is eligible for the category of International Candidate-in-Training for the duration of the fellowship program plus one year for a total not to exceed three years.
  • Applicants for the International Candidate-in-Training category will be reviewed and considered by the Membership Committee with confirmation by the Board of Directors.
  • Admission as an International Candidate-in-Training does not waive any requirement necessary for any category of membership.

Note: an International Candidate-in-Training shall not have the right to vote and shall be ineligible to hold office.

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Resident Member

Resident Application

Eligibility Requirements

Yearly Dues: $50

  • A resident physician enrolled in a residency program accredited by:
    • the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or,
    • the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in ophthalmology or,
    • in a one year preliminary program before entering an ophthalmology residency or,
    • a graduate of an American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) or Committee On Accreditation Of Canadian Medical Schools (CAMCS (CAMCE)) or Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
  • Accredited medical school or resident physician participating actively in a post-graduate research program under the direction of an Active Member or Emeritus Member, may apply to become a Resident Member. An Active Member or Emeritus Member shall verify the applicant’s role in their program or research by completing a reference, once the application is submitted.
  • An individual is eligible for the category of Resident Member for the duration of their residency training.
  • Resident Members who qualify based on research participation alone must reapply every year. Resident Member applicants will be reviewed by the Membership Committee with confirmation by the Board of Directors.
  • Admission as a Resident Member does not waive any requirement necessary for any category of membership, except that medical school graduates participating in research only shall be exempted from the requirement of holding an active or provisional medical license.
  • A Resident Member shall not have the right to vote and shall be ineligible to hold office.

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Medical Student Member

Medical Student Application

Eligibility Requirements

Yearly Dues: $50

  • A medical student attending an American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)- or Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CAMCS (CAMCE))- or Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)- accredited medical school may apply to become a Student Member.
  • An Active Member or Emeritus Member shall verify the applicant’s role in their training or research by completing a reference, once the application is submitted.
  • An individual is eligible for the category of Student Member for the duration of their medical school training. Student Member applicants will be reviewed by the Membership Committee with confirmation by the Board of Directors.
  • Admission as a Student Member does not waive any requirement necessary for any category of membership, except that Student Members shall be exempted from the requirement of holding a medical degree.
  • A Student Member shall not have the right to vote and shall be ineligible to hold office.

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Administrator Member

Administrator Application

Eligibility Requirements

Yearly Dues: $50

  • An individual who is a practice manager or administrator for an Active, Associate, or Emeritus member’s practice may apply to become an Administrator Member. The Active, Associate or Emeritus member shall verify the applicant’s role in their practice by completing a reference, once the application is submitted. Should that role change, the administrator member and/or the Active, Associate or Emeritus member shall notify AAPOS.
  • Administrator applicants will be reviewed by the Membership Committee with confirmation by the Board of Directors.
  • An Administrator Member shall not have the right to vote and shall be ineligible to hold office.

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Additional Member Categories

Eligibility Requirements

Honorary Member
  • An individual of outstanding caliber and who has made a major contribution in the fields of pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus, may be elected to Honorary Membership by the Board of Directors An Honorary Member shall not have the right to vote and shall be ineligible to hold office.
Emeritus Member
  • A Charter Member, Active Member, Associate Member, International Member, Honorary Member, or Orthoptist Member who is in good standing with AAPOS and who is completely retired from the financially compensated clinical practice of pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus (excluding nominal payments for volunteering for clinics or international work), is eligible to apply to become a Member Emeritus in his or her previous category of membership.
  • An Emeritus Member who resumes the clinical practice of pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus, even on a part-time basis, must notify AAPOS within 60 days, and he or she will no longer be eligible for Emeritus status.

Note: a Member Emeritus shall not have the right to vote and shall be ineligible to hold office.

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Become a Member

How to Join AAPOS

Thank you for considering membership in the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS).

We welcome potential membership candidates and will do all we can to assist you in the application process.


Eligibility Requirements

Please note that applicants are required to provide complete and accurate professional information and are responsible for obtaining references and verifications for credentials, licenses, certifications and educational requirements.


Membership Applications

The application system for the following categories is open year round: Candidate in Training, International Candidate in  Training, Administrator, Resident, and Medical Student.  Applicants in these categories are approved once a month during the AAPOS Board of Director's Meeting. 

The application system for the following categories is open yearly from the AAPOS Annual Meeting until November 30th: Active, Associate, Affiliate, International and Orthoptist. Applicants in these categories are voted upon at the Meeting Business during the AAPOS Annual Meeting in Spring.