There shall be nine classes of membership:
- Active: Active members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons or Congress of Neurological Surgeons who have a special interest in disorders of the spine and peripheral nerves.
- Associate: Individuals who qualify as associate members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons or Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
- Affiliate: Spine surgeons trained outside of North America and practicing in North America.
- Honorary: The Executive Committee may grant honorary membership to such qualified physicians or scientists who in their opinion merit such recognition. They shall not be required to pay dues and shall not have the privilege of voting or holding office or serving on committees.
- International: Corresponding members shall reside beyond the limits of North America, and they shall be chosen because of their devotion and contributions to spinal neurosurgery. They shall be required to pay dues. They shall not have the privilege of voting and holding elective office. However, they may serve as members of special committees. They need not be corresponding members or the equivalent of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons or the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
- Adjunct: Adjunct members shall be physicians or scientists of other collateral or related fields who are active in the area of spinal disorders but are not members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons or Congress of Neurological Surgeons. They may serve on committees but shall not have the privilege of voting or holding elected office. No individuals shall be elected to Adjunct membership unless they have been certified by the national board of certification in the field of their primary activity, if such a board exists.
- Resident: Resident members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons or Congress of Neurological Surgeons who have a special interest in disorders of the spine and peripheral nerves.
- Senior: Senior membership may be granted to any Active member 60 years of age or older who applies to the Secretary in writing, or to any Active member who retires from active practice. Senior members shall be exempt from payment of annual dues. Senior members may be reinstated to Active membership on request, subject to approval of the Executive Committee.
- Medical Student: Medical students at allopathic medical schools in North America. The medical studentâ€™s application must be signed by the Dean or medical director, verifying the studentâ€™s status and expected graduation date. Medical student membership will expire upon graduation from medical school. If the student is accepted into an allopathic North American Neurosurgery residency program, the membership may be converted to Resident Membership.
Section 3.02 Responsibilities and Privileges
Only active members shall vote and hold elective office.
Section 3.03 Disclaimer
No form of membership in this section should be interpreted as endorsing the qualifications of the respective member to perform operations on human patients. Members who use their membership in the Joint Section for advertising purposes implying that they have special skills or training endorsed by the Joint Section shall forfeit this membership.
Section 3.04 Applications for Membership
Applications for all membership categories are assessed by the Membership Committee. The Membership Chair shall present to the Executive Committee, at each of its meetings, the list of applicants approved and disapproved by the Membership Committee, and in the case of each disapproval, the reasons for such disapproval. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to provide final approval of the recommendations of the Membership Committee with respect to applications for membership.
Section 3.05 Dues and Assessments
Dues and assessments shall be established by the Executive Committee of the Joint Section of Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Any changes to the dues and assessments will be presented to the membership in the Joint Section Newsletter.
Section 3.06 Termination of Membership:
- Membership shall terminate if any member, (other than Honorary, International, Adjunct or Senior) ceases to maintain membership in at least one of the parent organizations (AANS or CNS).
- Membership shall be terminated following revocation of either AANS or CNS membership arising from an expulsion decision of the respective parent organization Professional Conduct Committee.
- Membership shall be terminated if dues or assessments are delinquent by two or more years and no response is received within 30 days following a reminder.
- Membership shall terminate upon receipt by the Membership Committee Chair of a letter of resignation.
- Honorary, Adjunct or Senior membership may be terminated by a majority vote of the Joint Section Executive Committee.
Section 3.07 Appeal of Membership Committee Decision
Any prospective membership applicant that is not approved for membership may dispute the decision of the Membership Committee by presentation of counter argument in writing to the Section Secretary. The counter argument will be heard at the next immediate Executive Committee meeting. The Membership Committee decision may be overturned if, following secret ballot, three-quarters of present Executive Committee members support such action. The decision of the Executive Committee will be considered final.