Active (Annual Dues $750)
Active Members are surgeons of high personal and professional qualifications who are also:
- Actively engaged in the practice of plastic and reconstructive surgery in the State of Texas for at least one (1) year,
- Citizens of the United States (unless a waiver is granted by the TSPS Executive Council), and
- Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Inc. (ABPS) or certified in plastic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
(*Discounted dues offered for Active members in their first 2 years of practice.)
(Annual Dues $525)
Candidate Members are surgeons who are engaged in the active practice of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and who:
- Have satisfactorily completed a formal training program, approved by the Advisory Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and
- Are eligible for certification by the ABPS or the RCPSC, except as provided in the TSPS bylaws, and
- Have established both Texas residency and have their primary office in the State of Texas.
Upon election to Candidate for Membership and upon payment of the annual dues, the Candidates shall have all of the privileges of Active Membership except that they may not hold office and they shall not be allowed to vote or attend that portion of the Business Meeting concerned with membership. A Candidate Member who has not been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (or its Canadian equivalent) within five (5) years from the time of his or her election to TSPS Candidate Member status will lose his or her Candidate membership and must reapply for membership in the appropriate membership category like a new applicant.
Candidates who have otherwise fulfilled all of the requirements for Active Membership, but have not achieved citizenship in the United States within five (5) years after entering practice in the State of Texas, shall be notified by the Council, through the Office of the Secretary, that membership in the TSPS has been withdrawn, unless an extension or waiver is granted by the Council.
MILITARY – ASSOCIATE (Annual Dues: $600)
Military Members are Associate Level Members who are stationed in the State of Texas or are Texas citizens stationed outside of the state and who otherwise would be qualified for Candidate or Active level membership in the TSPS.
(*Discounted dues offered for Military - Associate members in their first 2 years of TSPS membership.)
ASSOCIATE (Annual Dues: $375)
Associate members are surgeons who meet one of the following qualifications and are of high moral, professional and ethical standing and must be a member of a national or internal plastic surgery society acceptable to the Executive Council. Associate members must meet at least one of the following:
- Former TSPS Active Members who have moved out of state and elect to retain membership;
- Plastic surgeons who are retired from any other state and who now reside in Texas;
- Plastic surgeons in full-time practice who are citizens of the U.S. and who reside and practice in any other state who would otherwise be qualified for Active Membership;
- Plastic surgeons in active practice in the State of Texas, who have completed an approved Plastic and Reconstructive Residency Program, but are a) no longer eligible for Candidate Status and b) have never achieved Board Certification;
- Plastic surgeons in active practice outside of the U.S. who have evidenced special interests in becoming a member of the TSPS.
RESIDENTS & FELLOWS (Annual Dues:$100)
TSPS members in the Residents & Fellows category must meet the following criteria:
- Must be full-time Plastic Surgery Residents enrolled in a Texas program and approved by the ACGME, or
- Must be a Fellow in a post-residency program acceptable to the TSPS Executive Council.
Upon completion of Residency/Fellowship, members may then apply for Candidate Membership in the TSPS. Residents and Fellows are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting and to participate in the abstract competition.
MEDICAL STUDENTS (Annual Dues: $50)
TSPS membership as a Medical Student is open to applicants enrolled in medical school in the State of Texas. Medical Student members are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting, to participate in the poster competition and to learn about the practice of plastic surgery.