2018 Macula Society Membership Applications are now being accepted. Application Deadline is September 15, 2017. Click here.
Click here for a sample the membership form. Please review the requirements for your application prior to submitting.
The Macula Society Credentialing Committee welcomes your application to our society. Our mission is to promote research and publication in macular and retinal vascular diseases. The purpose of this letter is to clarify what we (the Society and specifically the Credentialing Committee) are looking for in new member applications.
We have a directive from the Executive Committee on the competitive criteria for membership. These criteria do not ensure admission; rather, these criteria provide a basis for selecting our future membership from the best possible applicant pool.
The bylaws of the Macula Society mandate the following for Active Members:
- MD degree, license to practice medicine, and Board certified (ABO) or the equivalent of these requirements from countries outside the US.
- Retina fellowship training (at least 1 year).
- At least 2 years in post-fellowship practice (>50% of time devoted to diseases of the posterior segment).
- Authorship as first or corresponding author of 2 or more publications on posterior segment diseases that have been published within the preceding 4 years in refereed, peer review journals.
- Recommendation letters by 2 active members of the Macula Society, neither of whom is on the Credentials Committee.
- Some candidates for membership who have made major contributions in the field may be admitted without fulfilling these criteria.
Applicants are ranked by the Credentialing Committee according to a point system that is specific for each criterion and evaluates the following:
- Organization of the curriculum vitae is important.
- List years of post-residency training. Included in this category is any academic ranking or position that represents commitment to an academic mission of research or training (1-10 points)
- List years of practice after fellowship. Included in this category is the institution of record for fellowship training (1-5 points).
- List peer-reviewed publications (Do not include manuscripts that are 'submitted', no value will be attributed to non-peer reviewed work). Articles 'in-press' are acceptable as long as revisions are not pending. Priority is given to publications in journals with high impact factors. Additionally, priority is given to major articles, then case series, and less priority to single case reports. Finally, first or senior authorship is given priority. Electronic versions of the top 2 articles should be included in the application (i.e. PDF format) (1-10 points).
- Grant support, especially for independent research (i.e. RO-1), is highly valued and should be specifically highlighted. Other forms of grant support, such as clinical trials, are also valued. Identify the source of the funding (i.e. NIH) (1-10 points).
- Letters of recommendation (in English) need to be received by the review deadline. These letters should include examples of achievements of academic value accomplished by the applicant and qualifications of the candidate that would further the mission statement of the Macula Society (1-10 points)
- List service work to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) or to State Societies. This work is also valued and should be specified (1-10 points)
Each member of the Credentialing Committee assigns points for each of the criterion for every applicant and the total points are summed and a rank list is generated for the applicants. Following discussions, acceptance letters are sent out to the highest ranked applicants.
- Persons, other than practicing physicians, whose primary interest is in the basic scientific disciplines related to the purpose of the Society.
- Authorship of at least 2 publications on posterior segment diseases that have been published within the preceding 4 years in a refereed, peer reviewed journal.
A current Macula Society member may only write one letter of recommendation a year, If they wrote on behalf of an applicant that did not get accepted last year and is re- applying this year that counts as their one letter for this current year.
We look forward to reviewing your application for membership in the Macula Society.
Glenn Jaffe, MD
Credentialing Committee Chair