Carlos Tello, MD
Fellowship Committee Chair
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued interest and dedication to this wonderful spine society. Although meeting attendance is a membership requirement, there are many members who attend above and beyond what is required. There is no doubt that the Annual Meeting or IMAST are like lighthouses attracting hundreds of spine surgeons who have a strong desire to learn, discuss and present papers, while sharing their personal experiences with colleagues from around the world. This, my friends, is an invaluable membership benefit that motivates us “to foster the optimal care of all patients with spinal deformities.”
In the coming year, the Fellowship Committee will work with the Globalization, Public Relations and the World Wide Conference Committees to increase awareness of SRS globally and to assist with membership recruitment efforts to attract qualified potential candidates.
Please continue to read further for important membership news and reminders.
New Candidate Requirement:
The Fellowship Committee and the Board of Directors have added a new Candidate Member requirement. Beginning with the January 1, 2012 membership group, all Candidate members will be required to serve on two committees during their five year Candidate term. This will serve as a mentorship opportunity as well as an opportunity to increase your SRS network!
Candidate Members Applying for Active Membership:
All Candidate Members seeking to advance to Active status are required to submit an 11 month case list of all patients treated. Applicants must include non-operative patients and cases in their case list and failure to do so will prevent a Candidate Member from becoming an Active Member. Please note that the 11-month case list is different from required the annual online M&M report.
An e-mail notice to pay your 2012 Membership dues was sent on November 30, 2011. Please pay dues before December 31, 2011.
To pay your membership dues by credit card or to print an invoice, please log in to the Members-Only section of the SRS website http://www.srs.org/. Under “Member Resources” click “Pay Dues” which is the fourth item listed. Please fax or mail your dues payment with an invoice to the SRS office. Only checks drawn on US banks will be accepted for payment.
If you have forgotten your password, you must reset it here: Forgot your password?. The SRS office does not have access to your passwords.
Dues paid to SRS are not deductible as a charitable contribution but may be deductible as a business expense. The SRS tax ID number is # 23-7181863.
Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Reminder:
The 2011 M&M reports are due April 1, 2012. The site for the 2012 reporting year will open January 1, 2012.
This is an annual requirement for both Candidate and Active Members (surgeons). Active Members (surgeons) who did not submit their 2010 M&M report will be assessed $300 with their 2012 dues. The proceeds will go toward the Research Education and Outreach (REO) Fund for continued M&M-related research.
SRS considers M&M reporting a valuable part of our membership and encourages submissions!
Fast Track to Active Membership Reminder:
If you know of a senior spine surgeon who has greatly contributed to the spine world and is interested in membership, please have them contact Nilda Toro, Membership Manager, to verify the requirements below. The fast track option will bypass the five-year Candidate period.
Must be verified by SRS office before an application is released:
A complete fast track submission includes:
Active Member responsibilities:
Membership Benefits: Special access to the “Member’s Only” section of our website to view past meeting sessions, full access to the online E-Text book that covers many interesting and helpful topics, our amazing historical archives, quarterly on-line newsletter, Global Outreach Lecture Depository, leadership opportunities through committee involvement, educational opportunities through small group tutorials, be listed on our physician locator, reduced meeting registration for the Annual Meetings & International Meeting on Advance Spine Techniques (IMAST), and network with the premier spine surgeons from around the world.
Application deadlines are December 1 and June 30, every year. The fast track option will expire June 30, 2014.
Chair: Carlos A. Tello, MD Committee Members: Serena S. Hu, MD; Laurel C. Blakemore, MD; Hilali H. Nordeen, FRCS; Douglas C. Burton, MD.