There are six types of membership in the American Glaucoma Society:

Active, Associate, International, Provisional, Fellow in Training and Emeritus

Please read the requirements below to ascertain which type of membership suits your qualifications.

Requirements

Active Membership

Membership as an Active Member in the American Glaucoma Society shall be open to those ophthalmologists in the United States, United States territories and Canada who are actively engaged in the clinical practice, teaching, and/or research of glaucoma as their major involvement in ophthalmology. Members shall be recognized as leaders in the subspecialty of glaucoma, and considered experts in teaching, research, patient care, and/or community service in ophthalmology and glaucoma.

Applicants for Active Membership are expected to have attained a high level of professional accomplishment documented by excellence in the areas mentioned. Candidates shall be graduates of an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school, and shall have satisfactorily completed an approved ophthalmology residency program. In addition, candidates shall:

1.             Be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, or by the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) in Ophthalmology.

2.             Be a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

3.         Have completed at least one year of glaucoma fellowship training in an Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC) compliant glaucoma fellowship program* with successful completion thereof certified by the Fellowship Program Director.

4.         Have completed at least four years of active clinical practice training primarily in the area of glaucoma after completion of the fellowship. At least 50% of the candidate's practice shall be limited to the management of patients with glaucoma.

*Active Membership in the society will require completion of an AUPO-FCC clinical glaucoma fellowship for all applicants completing their fellowship in 2019 or after. The AUPO-FCC Fellowship Guidelines establish minimum standards for glaucoma subspecialty training that are endorsed by the AGS Board of Directors. This new, more specific, requirement for AGS Active members simultaneously creates an equitable environment for all membership applicants. Associate Membership is available to U.S. and Canadian applicants who have not completed an AUPO-FCC fellowship in 2019 or later, or for other reasons, do not meet the requirements for active membership. Having the new membership requirements apply to those completing their fellowships in 2019 or later allows time for the small number of non-compliant fellowships to apply for an approved AUPO-FCC designation.

Membership as an Active Member in the American Glaucoma Society shall be open to those ophthalmologists in the United States, United States territories and Canada who are actively engaged in the clinical practice, teaching, and/or research of glaucoma as their major involvement in ophthalmology. Members shall be recognized as leaders in the subspecialty of glaucoma, and considered experts in teaching, research, patient care, and/or community service in ophthalmology and glaucoma.
Applicants for Active Membership are expected to have attained a high level of professional accomplishment documented by excellence in the areas mentioned. Candidates shall be graduates of an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school, and shall have satisfactorily completed an approved ophthalmology residency program. In addition candidates shall:
1. Be certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, or by the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) in Ophthalmology.
2. Be a Fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
3. Have completed at least one year of glaucoma fellowship training in an Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC) compliant glaucoma fellowship program with successful completion thereof certified by the Fellowship Program Director.
4. Have completed at least four years of active clinical practice after fellowship training primarily in the area of glaucoma after completion of the fellowship. At least 50% of the candidate's practice shall be limited to the management of patients with glaucoma.
5. Have made academic contributions to the profession after completing fellowship training as evidenced by at least 2 of the following categories (1) authorship of a glaucoma related original article accepted in a peer-reviewed journal, review article, book chapter, or module; (2) a glaucoma related oral or poster presentation at a major national scientific meeting (e.g., the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, or the American Glaucoma Society) that is accompanied by an abstract; and/or (3) active participation in resident or glaucoma fellow education.

 

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Associate Membership

Membership as an Associate Member is available to persons considered deserving of membership but who fail to meet the requirements for Active Membership.  Such candidates may include glaucoma fellowship-trained ophthalmologists who do not otherwise meet the criteria for Active Membership, non-practicing ophthalmologists involved in basic research or persons, other than practicing physicians, whose primary interest is in the basic scientific disciplines related to the study of glaucoma.

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International Membership

Membership as an International Member is limited to practicing physicians residing outside of the United States or Canada, but who have completed at least one year of clinical fellowship training in glaucoma in the United States or Canada from AUPO FCC compliant fellowships or a one or two year post-residency clinical and surgical glaucoma fellowship in the US or Canada with at least one active AGS member. Candidates shall document completion of at least four years of active clinical practice primarily in the area of glaucoma after completion of fellowship. At least 50% of the candidate’s practice shall be limited to the management of patients with glaucoma.

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Provisional Membership

Membership as a Provisional Member is available to persons who have satisfactorily completed at least one year of post-residency fellowship training in glaucoma in an AUPO FCC compliant glaucoma fellowship program or a one- or two-year post residency clinical and surgical glaucoma fellowship in the US or Canada with at least one Active AGS member and certified by the Director of the Fellowship Program, and are not currently enrolled in an Ophthalmic Post Graduate Training Program. Provisional Membership can be renewed for four consecutive years with payment of dues. After four years, Provisional Members are eligible to apply for Active Membership if their fellowship was completed before 2019. If their fellowship was completed in 2019 or later, and the training was completed in an AUPO-FCC-compliant fellowship, Provisional Members are eligible to apply for Active or Associate Membership, otherwise they are eligible to apply for Associate membership. 

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Fellow in Training Membership

Membership as a Fellow-in-Training is available to ophthalmologists in the United States, United States territories and Canada who have satisfactorily completed an approved residency program in ophthalmology and are actively engaged in an AUPO FCC compliant fellowship (if fellowship is to be completed in 2019 or later) or a one- or two-year post-residency clinical and surgical glaucoma fellowship in the US or Canada with at least one active AGS member. A Fellow-in-Training Member must be recommended by his or her Fellowship Director, who must be an Active Member of the American Glaucoma Society. However, election as described in section 3.4 is not required for Fellow-in-Training Members. A Fellow-in-Training Member may hold this status for a maximum of two years of fellowship training.

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Emeritus Membership

Members of all classes who have reached the age of sixty-five (65)-or who have been members for twenty-five (25) years whichever occurs first, may choose to become Emeritus Members. Active Members who develop a total disability precluding medical practice also may be considered for Emeritus Membership. Please contact the AGS offices if you feel you’re eligible for Emeritus membership. This category is a free, lifetime membership.

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All members must agree to adhere to the Code of Ethics of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Sponsors

A new application must be sponsored by two (2) Active AGS Members. AGS will automatically contact the individuals you name on your application to verify sponsorship. Make sure you’ve contacted your sponsors before submitting the application. Once sponsored you do not need to be sponsored again when transferring to different membership categories in AGS.  

Deadlines

Applications for membership are considered twice a year, once in September for the following year, and once again in January for that current year. September applicants will be notified in late December of their acceptance status and January applicants will be notified in late April of their acceptance status. There is no application deadline for Fellow-in-Training Membership; these applications are presented throughout the year. 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.

Limitations

Active Members have the right to vote, the right to hold office, and the right to membership on committees. Associate and Provisional Members shall exercise all the rights and enjoy all the privileges of Active Members except the right to vote, the right to hold office, and the right to membership on the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Bylaws and Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee or the Audit Committee. International, Emeritus, Honorary, and Fellow-in-Training Members shall exercise all the rights and enjoy all the privileges of Active Members except the right to vote, the right to hold office and the right to membership on committees.  

All members must agree to adhere to the principles of ethics of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dues

Membership dues for each year shall be paid no later than December 31st of the preceding year. If dues are not paid by June 30th membership benefits are put on hold until they are paid. Any member defaulting in the payment of dues in two successive years shall be reported to the Board of Directors and dropped from the membership of the Society.

Resignations

A member may resign at any time by delivering his/her resignation in writing to the President or the Secretary.  A resignation shall be effective upon receipt, or upon such later date as shall be specified in the resignation.