Americas Hernia Society
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Questions? Please email: membership@americasherniasociety.org

Benefits of Membership

The Americas Hernia society offers a number of benefits to our members. We encourage any surgeon interested in abdominal wall abnormalities to join.

  • Discounted meeting registration at AHS/EHS meetings
  • Online member search for patient referral
  • Journal Hernia
  • AHSQC

AHS Meetings

AHS hosts the Annual Hernia Update each year. The course is an in-depth 3-day Hernia conference covering all areas of abdominal wall reconstruction. The meeting includes international faculty who are leading educators in hernia surgery.

Online Member Search

Surgeons are able to connect with colleagues through the AHS website. Through the "find a surgeon" tab you will be able to find other surgeon members and contact information. As a member, you have control of the information available on your surgeon profile.

The public will also have access to the "find a surgeon" search function to locate a surgeon in their area. Referrals from the web search go directly to the surgeon. This is a great marketing tool at no cost to the AHS member. The public depends on the AHS website for education and referral services.

Journal Hernia

Subscription to Journal Hernia is included in your annual dues. AHS members receive 6 electronic editions of Journal Hernia each year. Members receive access to download Journal Hernia articles online at no additional cost.

Membership Types

Active Member - Annual Dues: $250

Surgeons with an unrestricted license to practice surgery in his/her state, province or country (an applicant may be in government service not requiring licensure); certification by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada), fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, fellowship in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, certification by any American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) recognized board, or certification by or fellowship in any international equivalent (as determined by the Board of Governors) of any of the foregoing; and a letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant's competency in the field of hernia surgery and recommending the applicant's membership. The letter of recommendation may be from the Chief of Surgery of the applicant's institution or a hospital or medical center at which the applicant has privileges to perform hernia surgery (if the applicant is Chief of Surgery, a letter from the Chief of Staff shall be appropriate) or from an active member of AHS.

Requirements:

  • Letter of recommendation from Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff or from an Active AHS member
  • Copy of current medical license
  • Copy of Board Certification or Society Certification

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Active Membership World Hernia Partner - Annual Dues: $150

Surgeons with unrestricted license in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, Mexico and Peru; certification by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada), fellowship in the American College of Surgeons, fellowship in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, certification by any American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) recognized board, or certification by or fellowship in any international equivalent* (as determined by the Board of Governors) of any of the foregoing; and a letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant's competency in the field of hernia surgery and recommending the applicant's membership. The letter of recommendation may be from the Chief of Surgery of the applicant's institution or a hospital or medical center at which the applicant has privileges to perform hernia surgery (if the applicant is Chief of Surgery, a letter from the Chief of Staff shall be appropriate) or from an active member of AHS.

*Current membership in a World Partner Society is required.

Requirements:

  • Letter of recommendation from Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff or from an Active AHS member
  • Copy of current medical license
  • Proof of World Partner Hernia Society Membership

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Candidate Board Eligible Member - Annual Dues $250

A surgeon who qualifies for Active membership except that the surgeon shall be eligible for but has not yet attained the board or society certification or fellowship required for active membership. If a candidate-board eligible member attains the board or society certification or fellowship required for active membership within three years of beginning candidate-board eligible membership, then the member shall notify AHS to be re-classified to Active membership. If the member does not attain the board or society certification or fellowship required for Active membership within three years of beginning candidate-board eligible membership, then the member shall be eligible to re-apply for any other then-appropriate category of membership.

Requirements:

  • Letter of recommendation from Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff or from an Active AHS member
  • Copy of current medical license
  • Proof of eligibility for board or society certification or fellowship

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Resident/Fellow Member - Annual Dues: $25

Resident member shall be a physician actively participating in training in a surgical residency program accredited by the ACGME or AOA. Fellow member shall be a physician actively participating in an advance training program. Applicant shall submit a letter of recommendation from either the Program Coordinator or Program Chair of the applicant's training program attesting to the applicant's participation and good standing in the program.

Resident members progressing into a Fellowship must submit a letter from the Fellowship Director to continue in this category.

Requirement:

  • Letter of recommendation from the Program Coordinator or Program Chair attesting to the Resident/Fellow participating in good standing in the training program

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Student Member - Annual Dues: $25

A student member shall be a student in a medical school program granting either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree which is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree which is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, or, if the student attends a medical school outside of the United States (or outside of the United States or Canada if in an MD degree program), the student member shall be a student in an accredited medical school program approved by the Membership Committee.

At the discretion of the Membership Committee, students enrolled in accredited programs leading to a degree in an allied health field, e.g., nursing or nutrition, may become student members.

Student members must submit proof of enrollment each year to remain in this category.

Requirement:

  • Proof of enrollment in an acceptable accredited program (e.g. current copy of school-issued ID card)

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Allied Health Professional Member - Annual Dues: $250

Allied health professionals such as nurses, physician assistants, surgical technicians and other professionals, with an active license to practice in the applicant's health profession. If a license is not required to practice, the applicant must provide a letter from their supervisor which validates their clinical competence.

Requirement:

  • Copy of current Nursing/Physician Assistant/Surgical Technicians license or other allied health professional license (or if licensure is not required, a letter from their supervisor)

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Affiliate Member - Annual Dues: $250

A physician not in clinical practice of surgery and who has not been an active member of AHS, or a scientist who, while not engaged in the practice of surgery to humans, is interested in abdominal wall surgery or the basic science of hernia disease, or any other person whose interests, knowledge or experience may benefit the mission of the organization may be an affiliate member. Please submit a statement as to the applicant's interest in membership and why his or her membership may benefit the mission of the organization.

Requirement:

  • Applicant statement

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Retired Member - Annual Dues: Waived

A physician who has been an active member of the organization in good standing and who has retired from professional activity or has become permanently disabled shall be eligible to become a retired member by application to AHS. Please submit a letter or email documenting the discontinuation of professional activity to the AHS office or email membership@americasherniasociety.org.

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