Active Membership in this Society is limited to physicians who have the following qualifications:
- Applicant must practice in the U.S. or Canada.
- Applicant must have a continued and sustained interest in the field of cancer at the time of consideration for membership and must devote at least 75% of his/her total professional effort in the field of urologic cancer. This would be demonstrated by provision of a portfolio listing of oncology practice elements:
- Number of oncology procedures (major or minor - can include biopsy, brachy, ablation, etc) with case log.
- Ongoing clinical trials in oncology, and role in each
- Oncology services provided — defined as oral biologics, intravenous infusion, radiation, intravesical therapies
- Estimate of percentage of practice/time focused on urologic oncology (FTE format)
- Oncology-related research portfolio, inclusive of laboratory, health services, or clinical research with publication numbers.
- Applicant must have completed a Urologic Oncology Fellowship within 5 years of application. Individuals graduating from SUO accredited fellowship programs will be eligible for Active membership status without demonstration of their practice focus. After 5 years in practice without SUO active membership application, demonstration of oncology focus will be required for subsequent applicaton.
- Active membership is for urologic oncologists who have certification in urology by the American Board of Urology or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Applicants certified by Urologic Boards recognized by equivalent certification in their country of origin will be considered on a case by case base at the discretion of the membership committee.They should have two years of oncologic experience following completion of the formal urologic training.
Active membership is also for other specialists who devote at least 75% of their time to urologic cancers, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists. Non-urologists must be certified by the appropriate specialty specific board included in the American Board of Medical Specialties or other equivalent Board in Canada or the country of origin if the candidate was trained outside of the USA.
An active member shall have the right of suffrage, of participation in the Annual Meeting and meetings of the Society and shall be eligible to hold any office or receive any honor or gift of the Society. He shall be elected in accordance with the provisions outlined below.
Recommendations for Active Membership
- A candidate for Active membership should request an application
- The candidate will request three Active members in good standing to send letters of recommendation specifically addressing the following elements:
- Specialized training in oncology
- Oncology academic and research contributions
- Description of practice — academic vs private, oncologic content and focus
- Clinical trial portfolio
- Focused clinical interests in oncology
- The candidate will forward a completed application packet to the Membership Committee Chair. This must include the candidate’s curriculum vitae, completed application, proof of Board Certification, and documentation of urologic oncology procedures performed.
- Completed applications must be received two months prior to the Annual Board Meeting of the Society in order to be considered at that meeting.
- The Chair of the Membership Committee shall present the applications with the Committee’s recommendations to the Executive Committee for review and approval.
- Names of candidates shall be circulated by the Membership Chairman to the Active Membership two months prior to the Annual Board Meeting. This list shall include the name of the proposer and the type of membership recommended. Members may request additional information on any candidate.
Election to Membership
- All candidates must be voted upon at the Annual Meeting. Voting shall be by secret ballot.
- To be elected, a candidate must have an affirmative vote of 80% of those cast at the Annual Meeting. Proxies must be submitted to the Secretary prior to the meeting and shall be voted by the member.
- Candidates rejected at the Annual Meeting shall not be reconsidered. A new application may be initiated only after three years have elapsed. The proposer and seconders shall be notified by the Secretary whenever a candidate is rejected.
- Candidates rejected three times by the Executive Committee or once at the Annual Meeting shall have their names kept as a confidential list by the Secretary and their applications will be destroyed. This list shall be made available to the Chairman of the Membership Committee.
- Number of Members: There shall be no limit to the number of Active Members.
Termination of Membership
- Any member may terminate his membership by submitting a written resignation to the Secretary.
- Failure to pay dues for two consecutive years shall result in termination of membership provided the member has been notified three months in advance of such termination.
- The Executive Committee shall terminate membership in the Society if, in its opinion, a member has not acted in accordance with accepted ethics of the medical or scientific professions. This shall be determined by majority vote.
If membership is terminated for any reason, reinstatement shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Reinstatement of membership will require payment of all delinquent dues.
Dues shall be payable to the Treasurer of the Society upon receipt of the annual statement.