Benefits of Membership

The Americas Hernia society offers a number of benefits to our members. We encourage any surgeon interested in abdominal wall abnormalities to join.

  • Discounted meeting registration at AHS/EHS meetings
  • Online member search for patient referral
  • Journal Hernia
  • AHSQC

AHS Meetings

AHS hosts the Annual Hernia Update each year. The course is an in-depth 3-day Hernia conference covering all areas of abdominal wall reconstruction. The meeting includes international faculty who are leading educators in hernia surgery.

Online Member Search

Surgeons are able to connect with colleagues through the AHS website. Through the “find a surgeon” tab you will be able to find other surgeon members and contact information. As a member, you have control of the information available on your surgeon profile.

The public will also have access to the “find a surgeon” search function to locate a surgeon in their area. Referrals from the web search go directly to the surgeon. This is a great marketing tool at no cost to the AHS member. The public depends on the AHS website for education and referral services.

Journal Hernia

Subscription to Journal Hernia is included in your annual dues. AHS members receive 6 electronic editions of Journal Hernia each year. Members receive access to download Journal Hernia articles online at no additional cost.

AHSQC

The Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC) aims to improve the value in hernia care delivered to patients. The AHSQC utilizes concepts of continuous quality improvement to improve outcomes and optimize costs. This is accomplished through patient-centered data collection, ongoing performance feedback, and improvement based on analysis of collected data. In order to enroll and become apart of improving patient care, AHSQC membership requires you be a member of the AHS.

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Categories Of Membership

The membership of AHS shall consist primarily of surgeons who are certified by a national board examination of surgeons, and will have evidenced special interest in the field of hernia surgery by his/her teaching through lectures and/or writings or who has clinical or basic science interest in the field.

AHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, disability, religion, ethnicity, politics, or nationality in the selection of members.

  • Active Members: shall hold a license to practice medicine in his/her state, province, or country (an applicant may be in government service not requiring licensure). Active members are the only members with voting rights and the only members who may serve as officers and members of the Board of Governors. Any member, regardless of category, may be appointed to committees ex officio. 
  • Resident Members: A resident member shall be a physician actively participating in training in a surgery residency program accredited by the ACGME or the American Osteopathic Association.
  • Affiliate Member: A physician not in the clinical practice of surgery or a scientist who, while not engaged in the practice of surgery to humans, is interested in abdominal wall surgery or the basic science of hernia disease, or any other person whose interests, knowledge or experience may benefit the mission statement of the organization may be an affiliate member
  • Retired Member: A physician who has been an active member of the organization in good standing and who has retired from professional activity or has become permanently disabled shall be eligible to become a retired member by request to AHS. A letter of request must be submitted to AHS office.