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Levels of Membership

Section 1. Members. Members shall consist of Regular members, Emeritus members, Retired members, Service members, Distinguished members, In-training members and Student members. Members enjoy full rights and privileges, including the right to vote and hold office and are counted in determining the strength of the Society's Delegation to the American Medical Association.

  1. Regular Members. Regular members shall be those physicians licensed to practice medicine in all its branches in the State of Illinois, who are either residents of the State of Illinois or who practice principally in Illinois, are persons of good moral character and professional standing and members of their ISMS component society.
  2. Members in good standing moving out of Illinois may retain membership (not to exceed one year) in the Illinois State Medical Society until they are accepted into membership in the medical society of the state to which they have moved.

    Physicians serving as full-time employees of the American Medical Association who reside in Illinois can become regular members. Physicians licensed in one of the states or territories of the United States and residing in Illinois, but not licensed in Illinois, may become regular members.

  3. Emeritus Members. Emeritus members are those who have been regular members in good standing for thirty-five years and have reached or will have reached the age of seventy before the next fiscal year of the Society, have made written application which is received by their component society prior to December 31 and have been recommended by their component society for emeritus status. Such membership shall be effective January first of the year following election. Credit for membership in other American Medical Association constituent societies shall be accorded transferees, provided they have been members of the Society for at least five years.
  4. Retired Members. Retired members shall consist of those who have been regular members and who by reason of age or incapacity have retired from active practice and who upon application and recommendation from their component society have been made retired members. Retired status is not available to physicians who assume compensated positions in the health care field after retiring from medical practice.
  5. Service Members. Physicians serving as medical officers in the United States Governmental Services, who are members of a component society, so long as they are engaged actively full-time in their respective service, and thereafter if they have been retired on account of age or physical disability, shall be elected to service membership.
  6. Distinguished Members. Physicians of Illinois or other states or foreign countries who have risen to prominence in the profession, teachers of medicine or of the sciences allied to medicine, not eligible for regular membership, or members of associated arts and sciences, who have made significant contributions to medicine may be nominated by any member of the House of Delegates and may be elected by the House at any annual convention by a two‑thirds affir­mative vote of those present (credentialed). They shall not be considered as members in determining the number of delegates to the American Medical Association, but they may participate in all other society activities.
  7. In-Training Members. In-training members are persons who are medical school graduates, of good moral character and professional standing and serving an internship or residency approved by the American Medical Association in the State of Illinois and are members of a component medical society. Membership shall end at the end of the year in which training is terminated. Following this, in-training members may apply for regular membership through their component society.
  8. Student Members. Student members are those who are currently enrolled in an Illinois medical school or are Illinois residents enrolled in an approved medical school within the boundaries of the United States, are of good moral character, professional and academic standing and student members of a component society.
  9. Group Members. Physicians practicing within a group eligible for and receiving a reduction in dues, as determined by the Board of Trustees.

  10. Part-time Members. Physicians meeting the criteria for regular membership under these Bylaws who work 20 hours or less per week, whether the hours worked are clinically related or another type of heath care related employment appropriately verified.

Section 2. Discrimination of Membership. Membership in the Illinois State Medical Society shall not be denied or abridged because of color, creed, race, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, age, sex, ethnic origin, or for any other reason unrelated to character or competence.

Section 3. Tenure and Termination.

  1. Tenure of Membership. The name of a physician on a properly certified roster of members of a component society that has paid its annual assessments, shall be prima facie evidence of membership so long as he complies with the provisions of this Constitution and Bylaws. A member shall hold only one type of membership at any one time.
  2. Termination of Membership. Any person who is under sentence of suspension or expulsion from a component society shall not be entitled to any of the rights or benefits of the society nor be permitted to take part in any of the proceedings until reinstated as a member in good standing. Suspension will in no way affect insurance benefits.

    A member whose dues are unpaid by February 1 of the current year ceases to be in good standing and shall be notified of dues delinquency by the secretary-treasurer. A member whose dues or assessments remain unpaid on March 1 of the current membership year shall automatically be dropped from membership. An individual who has forfeited membership for non-payment of dues or assessments may be reinstated as a member before two years have elapsed, providing, in the interim, there has been no conduct prejudicial to membership, by payment of current year membership dues. If two or more years have elapsed since the member was in good standing, application as a new member will be required.

    Any member in good standing who resigns voluntarily by December 31 of any year may be reinstated within one year of resignation by paying all dues and assessments for the following year. Any past member who renews membership shall be eligible for membership benefits only to the extent and in the same manner as a new member initially joining the society.


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