Primary Specialty Membership – Specialty societies representing specialties with “General Certificates,” as recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Sub-Specialty Membership – Specialty societies representing specialties with “Sub-specialty Certificates,” as recognized by ABMS.
Affiliate Membership – Specialty societies representing specialties without ABMS-recognized certificates.
Associates – an organization with a focus on issues of interest to CMSS, such as physician education, quality, standard setting, accreditation, certification, professionalism, practice performance and the improving public health, and is not a specialty or sub-specialty (as recognized by ABMS) society.
Organizational eligibility does not guarantee membership. As outlined in CMSS policy, a CMSS Council vote, based on a Board of Directors recommendation, determines membership eligibility. Prospective members cannot appeal Council decisions.
An organization seeking CMSS membership or reinstatement must provide written evidence of its qualifications. The Board will determine if the specialty represented by the organization meets the requirements for recognition by the Council as set forth in Article IV, Section 1 of the XYZ document. If the Board makes such determination, it will submit its recommendation and a completed application from the prospective member to the Council. At its next meeting, the Council may vote to admit such organization to membership. Membership will become effective once the Council approves and receives a one-time, non-refundable, $500 application fee.