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Instructions for AAPS Membership Application

Each candidate must be sponsored by two Fellows of the Association. One of the sponsors should be from the candidate's community or, if this is not feasible, from the candidate's region.

The membership process must be initiated by an AAPS member. Your responsibility as the requesting sponsor is to:

  1. Login to the Members Only area and fill out the "Sponsor a New Member" section, this will notify the candidate to fill out the application,
  2. After your candidate has filled out the application, you will receive an email notification to review the completed application, and
  3. Complete the sponsor recommendation form

A Fellow of the Association may sponsor five new candidates in a given calendar year.

Application for membership may be submitted no earlier than five years following certification by either The American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (in plastic surgery). Those board certified in September 2017 or before are eligible for the 2023 class. An exception to those who lack certification may be granted to outstanding plastic surgeons, foreign or domestic.

The "Proposal for Membership" is to be electronically completed by the candidate. When submitted, the sponsors will be notified to complete the sponsor recommendation form. The "Proposal" must be received no later than August 1, 2022, and the sponsor letters of recommendation must be received no later than September 1 in order to be considered for 2023.

Membership in the Association is by invitation only. Please contact the AAPS Administrative office (978-927-8330) if you have any questions concerning the process.

Remember, as the requesting sponsor, you are ultimately responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the accompanying application. Be sure to double-check your candidate's bibliography and date of board certification as well as the "Criteria for Membership" points.

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American Association of Plastic Surgeons

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons, founded in 1921, is the oldest organized Plastic Surgery organization in the world. Its Annual Meeting is the academic highlight of... [ more ]

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