Applicants for ASPO Membership

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Before applying we recommend reviewing the membership information and application criteria below.

Membership types defined:

Member-
An otolaryngologist with a majority (80%) of medical and surgical practice involving pediatric patients.  A member is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It is also recommended though not required to be a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head Neck Surgery of the Canadian Otolaryngology Society.  Members are required to pay dues, are eligible to vote, serve on committees, and to hold office.

Associate Member-
An otolaryngologist who practices in the United States or Canada and otherwise fulfills the requirements for full membership, but who is not a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology or a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada). An Associate Member is required to pay dues, is eligible to vote, is not eligible to hold office however, is eligible to serve on committees.

International Member-
An otolaryngologist who practices outside of the United States or Canada who otherwise fulfills the requirements for admission to the Society as a Member, but who is not a Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology or a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada). An International Member is not required to pay dues,  not eligible to vote, and not eligible to hold office however, is eligible to serve on committees.

Fellow Member-
Currently Enrolled in a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship who is board-eligible or board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology or the Royal College of  Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The maximum duration of Fellow Membership is three years. After this time a Fellow member must re-apply for full membership under the criteria necessary for Full Membership.

Eligibility criteria for Membership application:

  • Have attended at least one ASPO meeting in the 2 years prior to applying for membership
  • Be Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It is also recommended though not required that applicants be a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head Neck Surgery of the Canadian Otolaryngology Society
  • A majority (80%) of medical and surgical practice procedures involve and relate to pediatric patients
  • Have successfully completed a fellowship program in Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Have demonstrated professional activities in the field of pediatric otolaryngology for a minimum of two years following the year of fellowship
  • Authored a minimum of two (2) peer reviewed publications in the field of pediatric otolaryngology published in major journals or editor-reviewed textbooks
  • Able to provide letters of recommendation from two (2) active ASPO Members

 

Materials needed for Membership application:

  • To assist you in preparation you  may access the application checklist for your reference.  
  • Have all supplemental materials collected and ready for submission prior to the start of the application process as you will be asked to upload these in the application prior to submitting. 
  • Choose the appropriate category of membership, as outlined above and in the bylaws. Make sure you fulfill the membership criteria for the category you selected. Categories are as follows: 

Member
Associate Member
International Member
Fellow Member (Note: Criteria differs for Fellow Membership which is outlined below)

  • Provide five (5) reference letters. 
    • `One (1) from the Director of your Otolaryngology Residency Training Program
    • One (1) from your Chief of Staff from your Present Primary Hospital Affiliation
    • One (1) from the Director of your pediatric Otolaryngology fellowship training program
    • Two (2) letters of sponsorship from members of ASPO. Sponsors should speak about their relationship to you, how long they have known you and elaborate on the overall attributes that make you a good candidate to become a member of ASPO.
  • Provide a surgical case load summary for all your operations of the past two (2) years. This must include all cases, including the ages of your patients and the percentage of pediatric cases (see 80% criteria). 
  • Complete the online application in full. Please note you will be able to save your progress however, we recommend submitting in one sitting.
  • Submit an application fee of $100. Application fees are non-refundable and must be received (US dollars only). Payments can be made by credit card online. 

Materials for Fellowship Membership application:

  • Have all supplemental materials collected and ready for submission prior to the start of the application process as you will be asked to upload these in the application prior to submitting. 
  • Complete the online application in full. Please note you will be able to save your progress however, we recommend submitting in one sitting.
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from voting ASPO Member in good standing
  • One (1) letter of support from Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Director
  • No application fee is required

Thank you for your interest in the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. If you require assistance, please contact the ASPO offices at ASPO@facs.org or 877.360.5490. We will attempt to answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you have you have not received a response within 24 hours, please notify me via email.

For the Membership Committee, 

Jim Thomsen
Chair, ASPO Membership Committee

JThomsen@childrensent.com