Membership in the Society shall be by invitation and self-nomination and consist of Full Member, Life Member, Associate Member, Non-Resident Member, Affiliate Member and Junior Member. The Executive Council shall serve as Credentials Committee to review all applications for membership in the above categories. The voting members of the Society will be those who are Full Members.
Full Member Each member shall be a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Candidates for membership may be proposed by any member or self-nominated prior to March 1 and shall be balloted upon by mail before the first meeting of the year. The name and a short history of each candidate for membership shall accompany the ballot sent to each member. A favorable vote by two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting shall be required for election to the Society. A certificate of membership shall be issued at the annual meeting. Any Full member in good standing who withdraws from active membership at his own request, may without again paying initiation fee, be reinstated upon application to, and approval by the Executive Council.
Life Member Any member who has served the Society faithfully as an active Full member and who has reached the age of 65 and has had 20 years of dues paying membership or becomes physically disabled shall be transferred at their option to Life member status. Such members shall at all times be privileged to participate in the activities of the Society, with the exception of holding office.
Associate Member Associate membership in this Society shall be established for those candidates who have completed the formal training for certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, disregarding the “time in practice” requirement. Candidates for membership may be proposed by any member or self-nominated prior to March 1 and shall be balloted upon by mail before the first meeting of the year. A favorable vote by two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting shall be required for election to the Society. Such members shall at all times be privileged to participate in the activities of the Society with the exception of holding office and voting. Dues shall be established annually by the Executive Council. Associate members elected after July 1977 are not eligible for Life membership until they have become Full members as provided for in Article III, Section 1.
Non-Resident Member A former Full member of the Cleveland Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists who resides or conducts the major portion of his or her professional activities outside the confines of this Society and who is a member in good standing of a component Society.
Affiliate Member Physician (M.D., D.O.), certified nurse midwife or nurse practitioner who is engaged in allied medical specialties and sciences that are related to obstetrics and gynecology who have special interests in obstetrics and gynecology may be invited to membership as Affiliate members. Their dues will be at the same level as the dues for the Associate member. The dues will be $100.00 for the Affiliate membership.
Junior Member Junior membership shall be established for individuals enrolled in postgraduate residency training programs approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology within the confines of the Society. Candidates for Junior membership will be nominated and recommended by their individual program directors prior to September 1 of each year. Election will be automatic upon receipt of said recommendation and will be automatically terminated at the completion of their residency training. Junior members remaining within the confines of the Society will then be encouraged to apply for Associate membership through the usual procedure. Junior members shall at all times be privileged to participate in the educational activities of the Society with the exception of holding office and voting. Special dues for Junior members shall be established annually by the Executive Council.