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Article 4: Membership

SECTION 1. The Membership of the Society shall consist of those individuals who were on the membership roll of the Society at the conclusion of its first meeting on May 23, 1975. They will be designated, Charter Members. All future members must be elected to membership as prescribed below.

SECTION 2. There shall be seven categories of membership: Regular Members, Senior Members, International Members, Honorary Members, Associate Members, Candidate Members and Trainee Members. 

SECTION 3. Regular Membership: Regular membership shall be limited to surgeons, physicians and scientists residing within the United States or Canada who are actively engaged in transplantation. Surgeons shall be certified by American Boards or if recommended by the Membership Committee and approved by the Council, membership shall be granted for equivalent experience. Further surgical qualifications shall consist of completion of transplantation training in a program approved by the Society, or in certain instances upon recommendation of the Membership Committee with approval of the Council, membership may be granted for equivalent experience. Surgeon members shall have current active involvement as a staff member of a clinical transplant team for at least six months. Physicians shall have a minimum of one year of training in the practice of clinical transplantation after American Board Certification, or if recommended by Membership Committee and approved by the Council, membership shall be granted for equivalent experience. Physicians shall have current active involvement as a staff member of a clinical transplant team for at least six months. Non-physician scientists shall hold a doctoral degree (PhD, PharmD or DVM) and have demonstrated a committed interest by having had three years of postdoctoral activity in transplantation.

SECTION 4. Senior Members will not serve as Officers or on Committees of the Society, but will participate in all other functions of the Society. Senior Members will be those who so elect and others with special justification submitted in writing to the Committee on Membership to become Senior Members and approval of Council. Senior Members may attend annual meetings, may have a vote, and will have a reduction in dues as determined by Council.

SECTION 5. International Members shall have the same qualifications as a Regular Member except that these applicants shall be residents of countries other than the United States and Canada and shall have been invited to membership by the recommendation of two regular members to the Membership Committee and approved by the Council.

SECTION 6. Honorary Membership will be awarded to a person for a significant discovery or contribution of a focused body of work in the area of transplantation, immunobiology, or experimental and/or clinical transplantation. Recipients of Honorary Membership should not, but may, be members of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Only members of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons may nominate one or more individuals for Honorary Membership with two additional member endorsers. The letter of nomination should explain in detail how the individual qualifies for this distinction. In addition, a curriculum vitae and reprints of the nominee’s three most important references should be included. Unanimous approval by the Membership Committee and Council of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons is required for the candidate, as is a two/thirds vote of acceptance by the membership present at the annual meeting. No more than one Honorary Member per year shall be elected and the Honorary Member should be presented at the next American Society of Transplant Surgeons Annual Meeting to be officially elected. Honorary Members will not have the privilege of voting or holding office.

SECTION 7. Associate members shall include transplant administrators, advanced transplant providers and other allied health professionals directly involved in the care of transplant patients. Associate members must be sponsored by a full member of the ASTS. An associate member may participate as a liaison on each ASTS committee and may have liaison representation on the ASTS Council. An Associate member will have voting privileges.

SECTION 8. Candidate members shall be limited to fellows in transplantation and/or individuals who would otherwise be Regular members, but have not yet met all the requirements for Regular membership at the time of application, but expect to meet all requirements of Regular membership within five years of application. Candidate membership shall be gained by submission of a membership application and sponsorship by one Regular or Senior Member of the Society. A Candidate member may participate as a liaison on each ASTS committee and may have liaison representation on the ASTS Council. A candidate member will not have voting privileges.

SECTION 9. Trainee members shall include medical students, residents, master’s and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows with an interest in transplantation. Trainee membership shall be gained by submission of a membership application and sponsorship by one Regular or Senior Member of the Society.  A Trainee member will not have voting privileges.

SECTION 10. Regular members shall be eligible to hold office in the Society and may vote for election of officers and on all matters brought before the general membership. Regular membership in all cases shall be gained by submission of a membership application and sponsorship by two Regular and/or Senior members of the Society with approval of the Membership Committee and Council.

SECTION 11. Regular, International, and Associate membership applications shall be reviewed by a standing committee as described in Article VI, and approved by the Council.

SECTION 12. Any membership can be terminated by the Council for conduct which in the sole judgment of the Council is injurious to the interests and welfare of the Society. Such termination shall require a two/thirds vote of the Ethics Committee, a two/thirds vote of the Membership Committee, and a two/thirds vote of the Council, after the member in question is afforded an opportunity to appear before the Ethics Committee, the Membership Committee and the Council and appeal for continuance of membership.

SECTION 13. An annual meeting of the members of the Society shall be held at an hour and place to be fixed by the Council. Written notice of the meeting shall be sent to all members of the Society not less than 30 days before the meeting. This meeting shall be conducted according to Roberts Rules of Order. At the annual meeting of the members all business as may properly come before the meeting shall be transacted by the membership. The agenda for the annual meeting shall be drawn up by the Council.

SECTION 14. Members may not vote by proxy.

SECTION 15. At any meeting of the members, properly called and noticed as required herein the number of persons appearing for said meeting shall constitute the quorum necessary for the transaction of the business of the meeting. Affirmation action of the membership on all matters shall consist of a majority of the members present voting in favor. 

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