GURS Membership

GURS Membership

Categories Membership

The Society shall have members, the classes of which are designated below. The Society may issue certificates evidencing each membership. Membership shall not be transferable.

All applications will be presented by the Secretary-Treasurer for approval by a two-third (2/3) majority vote of the Directors or its designated committee and be affirmed by a majority vote of members present at the Annual Meeting of Active Members each year or at a special meeting called for that purpose.

There are four categories of membership:

Active Membership

  1. The Active Membership shall be composed of surgeons or others who in the opinion of the Directors or its designated committee have a significant interest in the field of genitourinary reconstructive surgery.
  2. Criteria for admission of surgeons to Active Membership shall be demonstration of a significant interest in and commitment to genitourinary reconstructive surgery, which can be accomplished in one of two ways:
    1. Surgeons who are certified by an ABMS-approved board or its foreign equivalent shall submit a Membership Application, $100 application fee, a curriculum vitae, 1-year surgical case log of genitourinary reconstructive surgery, and 1 letter of recommendation from an active member of the Society. If the Applicant has completed a fellowship under a member of the Society then proof of completion may be substituted for the letter of recommendation. If the Applicant is an active fellow under a member of the Society then a 6-month surgical case log may be substituted for the 1-year surgical case log and proof of enrollment in the fellowship may be substituted for the letter of recommendation.
    2. Applicants who are not surgeons or who are surgeons but cannot meet the case log requirement may instead submit a Membership Application, $100 application fee, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement of their interest in genitourinary reconstructive surgery and membership in the Society, and 1 letter of recommendation from an active member of the Society
  3. Only Active Members may vote on matters presented at the Annual Meeting of Members of the Society.
  4. To the extent not inconsistent with these Bylaws, the Directors or its designated committee may waive, alter, amend, modify or restate these criteria for membership in whole or part and from time to time, if it determines the same to be in the best interests of the Society.
  5. All Active Members will be assessed yearly membership dues and may attend membership meetings, vote, and hold office or serve on committees of the Society.
  6. Membership Dues are based on the World Bank Classification.
    Annual Dues Rate Structure:
    Category A: $100
    Category B: $75
    Category C: $50

Senior Membership

  1. Active Members in good standing, who are retired from active practice, are eligible for Senior Membership.
  2. An Active Member in good standing who wishes to be transferred to Senior Membership shall make written application to the Secretary-Treasurer at least sixty (60) days before the Board of Directors annual meeting.
  3. Applications for transfer from Active to Senior Membership shall be accepted if approved by two-thirds majority vote of the Directors or its designated committee.
  4. Senior Members are exempt from payment of dues and assessments. They May attend membership meetings, but may not vote, hold office or serve on committees of the Society.

Honorary Membership

  1. Honorary Membership may be conferred upon an individual who, in the estimation of and by majority vote of the Active Members voting at a meeting at which a quorum is present, is worthy of such membership.
  2. Honorary Members are exempt from payment of dues and assessments. They may attend membership meetings, but may not vote, hold office or serve on committees of the Society.

Inactive Membership

  1. Active Members who are incapacitated and to whom the payment of dues would be a hardship are eligible for application for Inactive Membership.
  2. An Active Member in good standing who desires to be transferred to Inactive Membership shall make written application to the Secretary-Treasurer at least sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting of Members.
  3. Application for transfer from Active to Inactive Membership shall be received by the Secretary-Treasurer and approved by two-thirds majority vote of the Directors or its designated committee.
  4. Inactive Members are exempt from payment of dues and assessments. They may attend membership meetings, but may not vote, hold office or serve on committees of the Society.
  5. An Inactive Member who desires reinstatement of Active Membership shall make written application to the Secretary-Treasurer at least sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting of the Members. Reinstatement requires a two-thirds majority approval of directors or its designated committee.