Although the World Society is founded by pediatric and congenital heart surgeons, it will be open for membership to all cardiac surgeons, physicians, and allied health care professionals from anywhere in the world whose primary practice and/or interest is in the field of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and related specialties dealing with congenital and/or pediatric heart malformations.
The membership shall be unlimited.
Benefits of Membership
Members receive the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery which is published 6 times/year. You will also recieve ongoing communications from the Society on important meetings and conferences.
Centres may also participate in the World Database for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, with one active member in the centre.
Types of Membership
There will be 5 types of membership: active, senior, honorary, associate and junior. Furthermore, anyone becoming an active member prior to or at the Inaugural Meeting of the World Society in 2007 will be acknowledged as a Founding member of the World Society.
TYPE 1: Active membership will be granted to cardiac surgeons whose primary practice is in the field of pediatric and congenital heart surgery anywhere in the world, who have fulfilled the membership requirements and who pay the annual dues.
TYPE 2: Senior membership will be automatically granted to any active member or associate member in good standing who reaches the age of seventy. It may also be granted to a younger member only if unable to practice because of disability.
TYPE 3: Honorary membership shall be conferred by the Board of Directors to individuals who have made distinguished and exceptional contributions to the advancement of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery globally.
TYPE 4: Associate membership may be granted to individuals in associate specialties such as pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac intensive care, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, pediatric perfusion, adult congenital cardiology, heart failure specialists that treat patients with congenital heart disease.
TYPE 5: Junior membership may be granted to trainees in pediatric and congenital heart surgery prior to obtaining certification and/or starting practice.
The Membership Committee, under the leadership of its Chairman, will screen the applicants and recommend appropriate candidates for membership to the Executive Committee, who will then, upon review, approve the founding membership.
Dues are decided by the Board of Directors of the World Society. The membership fee is $300.00USD for Active Memberships in middle and upper-middle-income economies according to the World Bank. $200.00USD for Junior and Associate Memberships as well as Active Memberships in lower and lower-middle-income economies according to the World Bank.
Membership obligations include providing accurate contact information, an exact address of practice, accurate academic affiliations, prompt payment of annual dues and involvement in the affairs of the World Society. Failure to pay the annual dues for 2 consecutive years and failure to attend the meeting for 3 consecutive times will be considered resignation from the World Society.