Join the Society of Clinical Surgery

The Society of Clinical Surgery is now accepting membership applications for the 2020/2021 cycle, in accordance with the Constitution of the Society.

The following is an excerpt from the Constitution of the Society regarding candidacy and the process:

“Every nomination for membership shall be in writing, signed by two members; and each signer shall write to the Committee on Admissions giving full information regarding the proposed candidate. The Committee on Admissions shall not consider any candidate until the above requirements have been fulfilled. Active members shall not be over 45 years of age at the time of their election. This requirement, however, may be modified in exceptional cases at the discretion of the Society.

The names of candidates who have not been acted upon favorably after three years shall be dropped from the list, but they may be proposed again for membership after a two-year interval.”

All applications must be submitted through the SCS Membership Application Submission web form at the bottom of this page, according to the instructions below. Completed applications are due by July 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PST. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Please read the following instructions carefully prior to submitting your membership application and materials. 

How to Apply:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD the sample form (download the form here).

Use the sample form to PREPARE your application prior to starting the online process. All data elements are required, and so preparation is strongly encouraged to streamline the data entry process when you are working within the system.

STEP 2: COMPOSE the five (5) required documents* (see below). Make sure to COLLECT the proposal for membership form (signature page) and letters of recommendation. If a letter writer prefers to submit the letter directly, instruct them to email the document to Rachel.Kelz@uphs.upenn.edu with the subject line “SCS Letter of Recommendation”. In the case of an emailed letter, please note on the proposal for membership form (signature page) that the letter will be submitted via email. The proposal for membership form (signature page) should always be submitted by you through the portal.

STEP 3: CONVERT all of the required documents* to individual PDF documents prior to uploading.

Step 4: BEGIN the electronic application process by clicking the link below to take you to the live application.

Step 5: COMPLETE all fields within the online form, answering all questions and uploading your required documents as PDFs.

STEP 6: SUBMIT once you have completed the entire form. After you submit, revisions will not be possible.

*REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    1. An executive summary – there is a 150 word limit for the executive summary.
      • Note: If nominated, the executive summary will be used on the voting ballot to introduce you to members who may not be familiar with your accomplishments. Please highlight your scope of clinical practice and annual RVUs, educational accomplishments including awards and research contributions specifically focusing on funded projects and those of particularly high impact on the field.
    2. A one-page biography – summary of accomplishments
    3. A proposal for membership form (signature page) (download the form here)
    4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from members of the Society of Clinical Surgery
    5. Applicant CV

What Happens Next?

  • Immediately after submission, you will receive an automated confirmation message. This indicates that your submission has been forwarded electronically.
  • On or around August 15th, you will receive an email from the Secretary of the Society, “SCS Confirmation – Complete Application Received”. This means that your application will be forwarded for review by the admissions committee. If you do not receive this notification by August 21st, and your complete application was submitted on time, please contact the Society immediately or your application may not be reviewed due to an error in the process.
  • You will hear from the Society regarding your status after the annual meeting on or before Jan. 1, 2021.

Applications will not be accepted after July 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PST. If you have questions or concerns regarding your membership application or materials, please email Dr. Rachel Kelz at rachel.kelz@uphs.upenn.edu.

 *Note: It may take up to one hour to complete the following application form.

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