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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
P.O. Box 193940
San Francisco, CA 94119

Please send the following backup materials with your application:

  • Current curriculum vitae (reprints of papers on glaucoma subject are extremely supportive) or a personal statement on the nature and extent of your activities in glaucoma.
  • A letter of verification of training from your glaucoma fellowship director(s) indicating the inclusive dates of your fellowship and your activities.
  • Applications for Active and Corresponding Membership should also contain a letter of reference and practice verification from an Active AGS Member with personal knowledge of your clinical activities for the year prior to your membership application. If there is not an Active AGS Member in your community, this letter should be from a community ophthalmologist.

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.)

2. Support for research. The receipt of external funds for the purpose of conducting research provides evidence of research capabilities. Grants obtained after peer review at the national level are particularly important.

3. Letters of evaluation. Letters of evaluation from experts in the candidate's area of research are a significant factor in the application. The evaluation of the quality and significance of the research should be provided.

4. Presentations at scholarly meetings and conferences. Research stature can be assessed in part by invited papers presented at scholarly meetings and conferences. Invitations to participate in national and/or international meetings or to organize sessions for such meetings document recognition of research stature.

5. Appointment to editorial boards of professional journals. Service on editorial boards of professional journals or as a peer reviewer of manuscripts provides evidence of the candidate's stature within his/her discipline.

6. Invited seminars. A list of research seminars given by the candidate at other institutions provides additional evidence of research stature.

7. Service on national scientific advisory boards. Service on study sections for NIH, or the National Research Advisory Board provides evidence of national stature in research.

8. Election to office of national scientific organizations.

9. Awards for research achievements.

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.

2. Teaching responsibilities. A list of the candidates specific teaching responsibilities provides valuable information about the candidate's commitment to teaching.

3. Awards for teaching excellence. Awards received by the candidate for excellence in teaching is a measure of candidate's teaching ability.

4. Continuing medical education. If the candidate has participated in the design or delivery of continuing medical education programs, a list of such programs and the candidate's role should be submitted.

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.

2. Development of new devices, procedures, treatments, etc.

3. Membership on advisory committees of and consultantships to hospitals, educational, clinical and other similar institutions.

4. Programs of national, state, or local medical societies or professional organizations which the candidate organized or in which he/she has participated.

5. Organization of and participation in community medical health education projects.

6. Appointment or election to editorial boards of clinical journals or to offices in local, regional, or national medical societies.

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.

2. Direction of special departmental or interdepartmental training or research programs.

3. Service as a class or student advisor.

4. Member of a department or university governing body.

5. Member of a division, department, or university committee.

6. Representative of a department or university to outside agencies.

7. Chairperson of course committees.

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. <

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