The Society of University Surgeons Foundation

SUS New Member Application Criteria

Membership into the Society of University Surgeons is given to persons of well established professional position and demonstrated scholarly or creative ability that positively impacts their field.

Applicants must be 50 years of age or younger at the time of induction into the Society. 

Interested persons are encouraged to review the SUS Membership Criteria Guidelines and the SUS Constitution for additional details relating to membership eligibility.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 at midnight EST.

Membership Applications to the SUS may be submitted continually throughout the calendar year. However, completed applications must be submitted via the online submission site prior to the end of the application cycle: Friday, September 22, 2017 at midnight EST. Applications and supporting documents will not be accepted after the cycle closes. Successful applicants will be reviewed by the SUS Membership Committee, and recommended candidates will be presented for approval at the SUS annual meeting, held during the 2018 Academic Surgical Congress. 

The SUS Membership Dues Structure

Active and Inductee Member: $325
Senior Member: $260
Life Member: $0, Complimentary

SUS Membership Application Instructions

With the exception of the letters of recommendation, all files must be uploaded to the online submission site by the applicant in PDF format (REQUIRED). Please remember to include your name and the title of each document when naming files to be uploaded (ex: John Smith - SUS Member Sponsor Letter).

    Letters of recommendation (LOR) should fully describe the past and present activities of the candidate as they may bear on his/her future promise as a University Surgeon. The Department Chair and both of the SUS Member Sponsors should be informed in advance that they are expected to upload their letters.  A link to upload the letter will be sent to the email address you provide on your application for the Department Chair and both SUS Member Sponsors. Please note that hard copies or paper documents sent by fax or US Mail will not be accepted or reviewed and may result in an incomplete application status. Only completed applications will be considered by the Membership Committee.
    THREE (3) letters of recommendation are required:
    One (1) letter of recommendation from the Chairperson of the department from which the candidate derives their appointment.
    A link to upload the letter of recommendation will be sent to the Chairperson's email address provided on your application.

    Two (2) letters from the nominating SUS Member Sponsors (1 letter each from 2 different SUS Sponsors).
    A link to upload the letter of recommendation will be sent to each SUS Member Sponsor's email address provided on your application.

    NOTE: In order to meet the eligibility requirements, SUS Member Sponsors must be members in good standing. If an SUS Sponsor is unsure of their status, they should contact Member Services at  or call (310) 986-6442, ext 138, as soon as possible to confirm.
    Each candidate is required to upload his/her Curriculum Vitae.

Successful applicants are expected to meet at least three of the four criteria in the categories listed below:


    The applicant must have authored at least 15 peer-reviewed publications since their first faculty appointment. Of these, the applicant must be first or senior author on at least ten. The applicant must provide the five most important publications since their first faculty appointment as well as the year of their first faculty position. A lower minimum number of peer-reviewed publications will be considered by the SUS Membership Committee if published in high impact factor journals. 

    Please provide evidence of extramural funding of at least $50,000 per year, or total funding of at least $100,000 per year, with evidence of research independence.
    Please include details for at least one (1) of the following:
    A.  Departmental (or higher) teaching award.
    B.  Director of a resident/medical student training program.
    C.  Member of national committee focused on education.
    D.  Evidence of a major leadership position held at an institution or at a national level, such as: Division Chief or higher administrative position, member of 2 or more national committees, or Director of a major, independent functional unit (i.e. SICU).