The object of the Society shall be the advancement of the art and science of surgery by: the encouragement of its members to pursue original investigations both in the clinic and in the laboratory; the development of methods of graduate teaching of surgery with particular reference to the resident system; free and informal interchange of ideas pertaining to the above subjects.
SOCIETY OF UNIVERSITY SURGEONS
The name of this Association shall be THE SOCIETY OF UNIVERSITY SURGEONS.
The object of the Society shall be the advancement of the art and science of surgery by:
SECTION l. Qualifications for membership.
SECTION 2. Procedure for nomination.
SECTION 3. Procedure for recommendation.
SECTION 4. Procedure for election.
SECTION 5. Procedure for re-application.
If a candidate is unsuccessful after consideration at three successive meetings, an interval of at least one year must pass before he/she receives further consideration.
SECTION 1. The Honorary Members of the Society shall be nominated by the Council and elected by the Society. They shall enjoy all the privileges of other members except that of voting and holding office
SECTION 2. Any Active Member upon reaching the age of fifty years shall become a Senior member. The change in the age of active membership will be phased in over a five-year period commencing in 2001, so that by the year 2005, the superannuating age will reach 50. Senior Members shall continue to pay dues only until the age of 65, and shall continue to vote, but shall not have the privilege of holding office.
The Officers of the Association shall be a President, a President-Elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and three Councilors-at-Large, elected by ballot. No officer may be elected who will attain Senior membership during their term. The President and President-Elect shall be elected for one year, and the President-Elect shall automatically become President. The Secretary, Treasurer and Councilors-at-Large shall be elected for three years. The Secretary shall be elected one year in advance of the Secretary’s three year term.
The Executive Council shall consist of the President, the President- Elect, the Secretary, the Secretary-Elect, the Treasurer, the Chairpersons of the Standing Committees, the three most recent Past Presidents, three Councilors-at-Large, the SUS representatives to Council of Academic Societies/Association of American Medical Colleges, Board of Governors with the American College of Surgeon, NABR, ABS, the Surgery Editorial Board appointee, the representative the ACS scholarship committee and the President of the SUS Foundation. It is the function of the Council to meet annually prior to the annual Business Meeting for consideration of matters to be presented to the Society at Large. The Council shall also receive the recommendations of the Membership Committee, and shall recommend candidates for election, according to the procedure outlined in Article III. All resolutions shall be referred to the Executive Council and shall be presented to the Society for vote upon recommendation of the Council.
SECTION 1. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Society, to give the deciding vote, to see that the rules of order and decorum are properly enforced in all deliberations of the Society, and to sign the approved proceedings of each meeting.
SECTION 2. In the absence of the President, the President- Elect shall preside, and in his/her absence the Secretary shall preside.
SECTION 3. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep a true and correct record of the proceedings of the meetings, to preserve all books, papers, and articles belonging to the Society, to keep an account of the Society with its members, to keep a register of the members with the dates of their admission and places of residence. He/she shall report unfinished business at previous meetings requiring action, and attend to such other business as the Society may direct. He/she shall also supervise and conduct all the correspondence of the Society. He/she shall also be reimbursed for such expenses as he/she may have encountered in the proper execution of his/her duties.
SECTION 4. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to collect the dues of the Society and to make disbursements for expenses. He/she shall present an annual report of the financial condition of the Society. The accounts of the Treasurer shall be audited once yearly by a committee appointed by the President.
Vacancies occurring in the offices of the Society other than that of the President shall be filled by appointment by the President until the next meeting. They shall also appoint members to all committees
This Constitution shall take effect immediately from the time of adoption, and shall not be amended except by a written resolution, which shall lie over one year and thereafter receive a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
Society of University Surgeons
The Society of University Surgeons shall meet annually at such place and time as previously designated at a preceding meeting.
The members present shall constitute a quorum for business.
The fiscal year begins on January first. The annual dues of each member shall be determined by the Executive Council with approval of the membership, payable on January first of each year. Each member of the Society who reaches the age of sixty five years shall automatically have his dues rescinded.
Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the sessions of the Society.
All questions before the Society shall be determined by the vote of the majority of those present at any regular meeting.
The President shall deliver an address at the annual meeting.
It shall be the duty of the Secretary, six weeks prior to the annual meeting, to notify the members of the Society and to urge their attendance.
The authors of papers shall provide the Chairman of the Publications Committee with titles and abstracts of their essays at least four months prior to the meeting, so that the Committee may, at its discretion, incorporate them in the preliminary program. The program committee chair shall notify those whose papers have been accepted for presentation.
Surgical Education Committee
The Surgical Education Committee shall consist of the President-Elect, a representative from the American Board of Surgery, the Board of Governors with the American College of Surgeons representatives, and a representative from the Council of Academic Societies/Association of American Medical Colleges, and five additional members appointed by the president. The five appointed members shall serve for two years. The Chairperson of the Committee, appointed by the President with approval of the Executive Council, shall serve for a period of three years. A member of the Committee succeeding to the Chairmanship shall begin a three year term at the time of accession. The duties of the Committee shall be: to study and report to the Society on the status of those influences affecting education in surgery in the United States and Canada which may appropriately concern it.
The Publications Committee shall consist of the President, a Chairperson appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Council to serve two years, and eighteen additional members, each additional member, aside from the Chair, serving for two years. The terms of these additional members shall be staggered so that at least two replacements shall be appointed each year by the President.
The Society shall have the power to drop from its rolls any member who: l) fails to fulfill the obligations as set forth in the Constitution and By-Laws; (2) absents themselves from three consecutive meetings without justifiable excuse (this does not apply to Senior or Honorary Members); (3) fails to pay their dues for more than one calendar year; (4) for any reason fails to retain their good standing in the medical profession. New members must attend and present at a meeting following election to membership in order to activate membership.
The reading of papers shall be limited to an assigned time length, determined by the chair on publications. There shall be no formal discussions on the program. In the case of joint authorship, any one of the authors may deliver the paper.
These By-Laws may be amended at any meeting of the Society by majority vote. The amendment must be submitted to the Secretary 1 month prior to the meeting of the Executive Council, approved by them, and recommended to the Society for vote.
Commencing 2015, the Nominating Committee for elected officers of the Society shall include each member age 50 who has attended 3 of the last 5 annual meetings and present at the time of the meeting, plus the President, President-Elect, the three Past Presidents, and the most recently appointed Councilor.
Social and Legislative Issues Committee
The Membership Committee shall consist of a Councilor-at-Large who shall serve as Chairperson, a second Councilor-at-Large, the President, the three intermediate Past Presidents, the Secretary, and 12 additional members, appointed by the president. The appointed members will serve staggered two-year terms. The President will appoint (with approval of the Executive Council) four new members each year. The Membership Committee shall meet during the October meeting of the American College of Surgeons to review the scores and rank the applicants at a time and place to be determined by the Chairperson.
Global Academic Surgery Committee