What are the different categories of NCMS membership?

ACTIVE MEMBERS: Active members of the NCMS shall be a person eligible for active membership in The Society who becomes a member upon certification by the secretary of the component medical society to The Society or by direct application to The Society rather than through a component society, provided there is no disapproval by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may consider information pertaining to the character, ethics, professional status and professional activities of the applicant. The Board of Directors shall provide for an appropriate hearing procedure to be provided to the applicant. They shall be entitled to all privileges of the NCMS including the right to vote and hold office.

ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICINE MEMBERS: Administrative Medicine members shall be physicians who work in the state of North Carolina for a healthcare-related facility or organization but do not maintain a North Carolina medical license. They shall pay dues and assessments at the same rate as active members. And shall be entitled to all privileges of the Society membership, except for the right to vote and hold office.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS: Affiliate members shall be physicians serving in the military, based in North Carolina and do not hold a current North Carolina medical license. They shall pay dues ate 66% of the active member dues, and except for the right to vote and hold office, shall be entitled to all benefits of the NCMS.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Associate members shall be physicians residing In North Carolina who have been dues paying members of societies which belong to the AMA Federation for at least twenty years, and who are retired. They shall pay dues at 60% of the active member dues; or those who are practicing medicine no more than twenty (20) hours a week. Those physicians who are practicing 20 hours or less per week shall pay dues at 75% of active member dues. All Associate members shall have all the rights and privileges of active members, except they are not eligible to hold office in the NCMS.

DISABLED MEMBERS: Disability exempt members shall be current members of the NCMS whose disability is certified annually by their county society or by their attending physician and who are fully retired from the profession of medicine. They shall be exempt from all dues and assessments and shall have all the rights and privileges of active members except the right to hold office. There are no dues for disabled members.

LIFE MEMBERS: Life members shall be current members of the NCMS who

(a) have retired from the profession of medicine and reached the age of 60 by January 1 of the current year and been physician members of the NCMS for at least 20 years; or

(b) if they have reached the age of 70 by January 1 of the current year and have been physician members for 20 years providing that they have been members of the NCMS for the preceding five (5) years required by the Board of Directors action and shall be entitled to all the benefits enjoyed by active members including the right to vote and hold office except life members who are fully retired from the profession of medicine are not eligible to hold specific offices, as provided in the Bylaws. Interruption of membership by active duty service in the armed forces of our country except on a career basis shall be deemed to be NCMS members during the term of the member’s active service.

NEWLY PRACTICING PHYSICIAN MEMBERS: Newly practicing physicians in their first, second and third years of practice shall be offered membership at the following reductions:

  • First year out of training pays 25% of active member dues

  • Second year out of training pays 50% of active member dues
  • Third year out of training pays 75% of active member dues

They shall have the same rights and privileges of active members including the right to vote and hold office and to receive publications as the Board of Directors or House of Delegates may authorize.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEMBERS: Physician Assistant members shall be those who upon recommendation for membership by a physician member or another physician assistant member of the NCMS, who is currently approved for practice by the N.C. Medical Board, may be granted membership in the NCMS. Physician Assistant members shall pay dues equivalent to 35% of the active members. They may serve as voting members of committees, and except for the right to hold office, shall be entitled to all the privileges of the NCMS.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDENT MEMBERS: Physician Assistant student members shall be those students who are regularly enrolled in a Physician Assistant degree program in the State of North Carolina. They shall pay dues as determined by the Board of Directors. They may serve as voting members of committees, and except for the right to hold NCMS office shall be entitled to all privileges as active members.

RESIDENT/FELLOW MEMBERS: Resident/fellow members shall be physicians in a training program in North Carolina who hold unrestricted or training licenses to practice in this state, or physicians who are in training in hospitals which are accredited for residency training by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and which is located in the United States outside of North Carolina. They may be admitted to membership in the NCMS directly or through membership in a county medical society for and during the period of time in which they are engaged in training. They shall pay dues as set by the Board of Directors. They shall have the same rights and privileges of active members except the right to hold NCMS office. They may serve on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee if elected as stated in the NCMS Bylaws.

RETIRED MEMBERS: Retired members shall be physicians under the age of 60 who have been active members of the NCMS for at least twenty (20) years and who are fully retired from the profession of medicine. These physicians are exempt from the requirement for a valid North Carolina medical license. Until they become eligible for life membership, retired members shall pay dues and assessments equal to 50% of the active member dues. They shall have all the rights and privileges of active members including the right to vote and hold office except members who are fully retired from the profession of medicine are not eligible to hold specific offices, as provided in the NCMS Bylaws.

SEMI-RETIRED MEMBERS: Semi-retired members shall be current physician members of the NCMS who have been dues paying members of the NCMS for at least 20 years, who are at least 60 years of age, and who continue to be active in the profession of medicine but are working less than 20 hours per week. These physicians shall pay dues equal to 66% of active member’s dues until they become eligible for Life Membership. They shall have the same rights and privileges of active members including the right to vote and hold office except members who are fully retired from the profession of medicine are not eligible to hold specific offices, as provided in the NCMS Bylaws.

STUDENT MEMBERS: Student members may be any student who is regularly enrolled in a college of medicine in the State of North Carolina accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. They shall pay dues as set by the Board of Directors. They shall enjoy all the rights and privileges as active members, except for the right to be an office of the NCMS. They may serve on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee if elected as stated in the NCMS Bylaws. Students may join the NCMS in their first year for all four years of medical school at a reduced rate.

 
 

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