Please feel free to fill in the form below to inquire about becoming an AGS member.
There are four types of membership in AGS for new members: Active, Associate, Corresponding, and Provisional. Please read the attached Bylaws, criteria and guidelines to ascertain which type of membership suits your situation.
Nominations for election to membership are made in writing and signed by two (2) Active AGS Members. Election to membership is made by the affirmative vote by ballot of a majority of the Active Members after the Executive Committee has reviewed the nomination and determined eligibility. Yearly dues are $250 for Active, Associate, Corresponding, and Provisional Members; which includes an annual subscription to the Journal of Glaucoma. Only Active Members can vote, hold office, and serve on committees.
Return your completed application to the American Glaucoma Society's administrative office at:
American Glaucoma Society
Please send the following backup materials with your application:
The following information is provided to your documentation for contributions in research, teaching, service and patient care:
RESEARCH: Evidence of research achievements include publications, letters of evaluation, grant support, presentations at scholarly meetings and conferences, appointment to editorial boards of professional journals, participation in invited seminars, service on national scientific advisory boards, election to office of national scientific organizations, and awards for research achievements. Each of these is discussed in turn below.
1. Publications. While a minimum of three publications is felt necessary to meet the requirements for membership, the quality of publications is far more important than the quantity. Considerations in judging quality include the opinion of experts in the relevant field, reputation of journal in which the papers appeared, and whether or not the journals are refereed. Publications not yet in print, but that have been accepted should be appropriately documented. (Provisional members are exempt.)
TEACHING: Documentation of teaching achievement includes:
1. Peer appraisal of instruction. Evaluation of teaching by the Department Chair or other faculty members familiar with the candidate's activities is highly desirable.
PATIENT CARE and RELATED ACTIVITIES: In assessing the candidate's involvement in and level of responsibility for patient care, letters from Department Chairs, as well as from peers in the local community or elsewhere, faculty members, previous residents and others provide evidence of the candidate's qualifications. Indicators of excellence in clinical affairs include:
1. Publication of case reports and similar articles.
SERVICE: Significant contributions in the form of service are important in the candidate's application. Evidence of such service includes the following:
1. Administration of a clinic, clinical site, hospital unit, etc.
It is most important that your application is complete and contains each of the indicated pieces of information. We ask that you do not trust others to mail pieces separately to us but rather collect everything in your office and mail us a completed package. Ballot results for election to membership are announced at the AGS business meeting with applicants notified by mail.
Thank you for your interest in AGS. I hope these explanations will ease the application process. If you have any further questions or difficulties in completing this application or if additional information is needed, please contact me or Denise De Losada Wilson at (415) 561-8587. <