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SRS: Scoliosis Research Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity


Applications Deadline:
June 30 and December 1 of each year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions about membership? Need assistance with applying?
Please contact Alysha Chapman, Membership & Development Manager, at +1 414-289-9107 or membership@srs.org.


Membership Types and Requirements

Candidate Fellowship

Candidate Fellowship is open to orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and to non-physician members of allied specialties (such as research scientists) that have made a significant contribution to Scoliosis or related deformities. Candidate Fellows stay in this category for a minimum of three year, during which time they must meet their fellowship requirements and demonstrate their interest in spinal deformity as per the goals of the Scoliosis Research Society. Surgeons that are currently in fellowship training programs are encouraged to apply. Requirements to apply for Candidate Fellowship (must have been completed in the past 5 years):

Candidate Application requirements:

  • Application Document
  • CV
  • One Letter of Recommendation from SRS Active or Emeritus members
  • Application fee of $100

Candidate requirements during minimum 3 year term:

  • Submit yearly on-line Morbidity & Mortality reports (surgeons).
  • Submit at least one abstract to an SRS Annual Meeting or International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) or serve on one committee during the minimum 3 year Candidacy term. Abstracts submitted prior to acceptance date will not count.
  • Attend at least two SRS meetings (one must be a SRS Annual Meeting) during the Candidacy period. Meetings attended prior to acceptance date will not count.
  • Submit a three month case list at the time of application to active membership (case lists from application for American Board Certification may be used in lieu).
  • Pay annual fellowship dues, on the calendar year.
  • Review and submit your Annual Status Report available anytime online.
  • At least 20% of your clinical practice should be devoted to spinal deformity at time of Active Fellowship application submission.
  • Must be Board eligible at the time of Active application, international equivalency for out of US member.

Inability to complete these requirements during this maximum 5 year period may lead to fellowship termination or deferral.

Senior Candidate Fellowship

Senior Candidate Fellowship is limited to senior surgeons, neurosurgeons and to non-physicians members of allied specialties. This candidacy is the path to SRS Senior Active Fellowship. Senior surgeons have the opportunity to become Active Fellows of SRS in two years and not 5 years like the regular Candidate Fellowship track. They must have 20 years of experience (time spent with fellowship and training does not count), be a full professor, head of spine unit or chief of spine division, clinical practice which includes 20% spinal deformity.

  • Attend one SRS Annual Meeting or IMAST.
    1. The World Wide Conference will not count toward this requirement.
    2. Meetings attended prior to acceptance date will not count toward this requirement.
  • Submit one abstract to the SRS Annual or IMAST.
    1. Abstracts submitted prior to acceptance date will not count toward this requirement.
  • Submit annual online morbidity and mortality reports (no chance to opt-out).
  • Serve on at least one committee during the two year term.
  • Pay annual membership dues on each calendar year of $575 USD or World Bank Economy rate.

If you meet the requirements, you may request a copy of the application from the SRS office, membership@srs.org.

Senior Candidate requirements:

  • 20 years or more experience in spine deformity practice. (Time spent in fellowships and training does not count).
  • Full professorship, head of spine unit or chief of spine division.
  • A clinical practice which includes 20% spinal deformity.
  • A minimum of twenty spine publications or a strong academic productivity of spine practice.
  • Three abstracts submitted or one abstract accepted as a podium presentation to the SRS Annual Meeting or International Meeting on Advance Spine Techniques. Abstract submissions must be within five years of application submission date.
  • Attended at least two SRS meetings within five years of application submission date.
    1. One meeting must be the SRS Annual Meeting and the other meeting can be the IMAST or an SRS World Wide Conference.

Active Fellowship

Active Fellowship is limited to orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and to non-physician members of allied specialties. They must have made a significant contribution to spinal problems, and must have a practice which includes at least 20% spinal deformity. They must have successfully completed a five-year Candidate Fellowship in the society. Only Active Fellows may vote and hold elected offices within the Society.

Active Application submission includes:

  • Completed Active application.
  • Current CV.
  • A three month case list.
  • Copy of Board Certification or International equivalency (what credentials allow you to perform surgery in your country of residence?).
  • Copy of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons affiliation or spine organization affiliation of country and or region of residence.
  • Three support letters written by current SRS Active or Emeritus (formally Active) members.
  • Current photo.
  • Clinical practice which includes at least 20% spinal deformity.

Active Fellowship requirements after accepted as an Active Fellow:

  • Attend the SRS Annual Meeting or International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) at least once every three consecutive years and attend the SRS Annual Meeting at least once every five consecutive years.
  • Submit yearly online Morbidity & Mortality reports (surgeons) or contribute to the research fund of a $300 assessment fee.
  • Pay annual fellowship dues, on the calendar year.

Associate Fellowship

Associate Fellowship is for distinguished members of the medical profession including allied health professionals who have made a significant contribution to scoliosis or related spinal deformities but do not wish to assume the full responsibilities of Active Fellowship and do not have to go through a five-year Candidacy period.

  • Associate Fellows pay reduced membership dues.
  • Are not eligible to vote or hold an SRS office or apply for Active Fellowship.
  • Are eligible to serve on and chair committees.
  • Are required to attend an SRS Annual or IMAST Meeting once every five consecutive years.
Associate Applicants requirements:
  • Must have attended two SRS meetings (SRS Annual or IMAST) prior to applying for membership. Meeting attendance must be within five years of the application date.
  • Must have at least five years of spinal deformity work experience prior to applying for membership.

Benefits of SRS Membership

  • Reduced registration fees for SRS meetings: Members receive a reduced registration rate for Annual Meetings and International Meetings on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST). Both of these meetings feature valuable information and are a perfect opportunity to develop new contacts with spine professionals across the world.
  • Recognition of Membership on the SRS online Physician Locator
  • "Members Only" access to information on the SRS website including:
    • Video archives of past Annual Meeting & IMAST podium presentations
    • Historical documents
    • SRS newsletter archives
    • Global Outreach lecture depository
    • And more!
  • Eligibility to apply for scholarships and traveling fellowships
  • Complimentary subscription to Spine Deformity, the official Journal of SRS.
  • Email delivery of the quarterly online newsletter and monthly e-news to stay up-to-date on all things SRS.
  • Leadership Opportunities: All members are eligible to become committee members and have a voice in over 20 SRS committees including Education, Advocacy, and Website.
  • Full access to the SRS Education Resource Center: https://educationresources.srs.org