Why Join the ASMBS?

  • Complimentary* subscription to SOARD, Surgery for Obesity And Related Diseases., in both journal and electronic form.
  • Members only registration fees to the Annual ASMBS Meeting. and post-graduate CE courses.
  • Access to the comprehensive ASMBS website which provide not only listings of meetings and courses, but also places your name and practice on the member locator.
  • Access to the Members-only section of the ASMBS website, which includes our member forum – a history of peer feedback from experienced members on the issues facing bariatric surgery professionals.
  • Access to the ASMBS State Chapter Program which provides local educational lectures, lobby towards state political issues and local insurance problems.
  • Email Alerts of new published research findings, political events and society highlights.
  • Membership in IFSO, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders.
  • Opportunity to become a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS or IFASMBS).
  • Access to a variety of committees that impact research, education, patient access, reimbursement, technologic innovation, communication and public service.
*included in all Surgeon membership but optional for Integrated Health members

All memberships must be renewed annually. Membership is on a calendar-year basis (January – December)

Surgeon and Physician Members Categories
Download the Surgeon/Physician Application with Instructions or fill out the online form here
Download the Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or fill out the online form here.

Regular Member
A general surgeon working in the field of bariatric surgery who is certified by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and/or is a Fellow of the American or Royal College of Surgeons. The surgeon must also have completed a minimum of 25 bariatric surgeries as the primary surgeon within the last two years. The applicant is required to submit Letter of Recommendation Forms from two current Regular or Senior (previously Regular) members.

Affiliate Surgeon Member*
A general surgeon working in the field of bariatric surgery who is NOT certified by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and/or is NOT a Fellow of the American or Royal College of Surgeons and/or has completed less than 25 cases as the primary surgeon in the last two years.  The applicant is required to submit a Letter of Recommendation Form from a current Regular or Senior (previously Regular) member.

International Member
A licensed medical doctor or osteopath practicing outside the United States who does not meet the requirements for Regular membership. The surgeon must have completed a minimum of 25 bariatric surgeries as the primary surgeon within the last two years. The applicant is required to submit either one letter of recommendation from a Regular or Senior (previously Regular) member OR two letters of recommendation including one letter from an International Member and one letter from the Chief Administrator of the applicant’s primary hospital in support of the application.
Complete the international applicant letter of recommendation form online.

Affiliate Physician Member
A medical doctor or osteopath working in the field of bariatric surgery who does not perform bariatric procedures. Requires submission of a Letter of Recommendation Form from a current Regular member.

Candidate Member
Fill out the Candidate Application online here or Download the Candidate Application
Complete the online recommendation for Candidate applicants.
Medical students, residents or fellows training in the field of bariatric surgery. Requires verification of current enrollment in an accredited training program and must be renewed annually. Candidate members are encouraged to reapply for full ASMBS membership upon completion of training.

*Affiliate Surgeon member who have met the requirements for Regular membership (see requirements above), must send documentation that these requirements have been met in order to upgrade to Regular membership.

Integrated Health Members Categories
Download the Integrated Health Application with Instructions or fill out the online form here.
Download the IH Letter of Recommendation Form or fill out the online form here.

Associate Member
Health Care Professionals working in the field of bariatric surgery (i.e., nurse, psychologist, dietitian, physician assistant, exercise physiologist, researcher). Requires a Letter of Recommendation from a Regular (surgeon) Member.

International Associate Member
Health Care Professionals working in the field of bariatric surgery outside of the United States. Requires a Letter of Recommendation from an International (surgeon) Member.

Affiliate Associate Member
Persons actively employed in a bariatric surgical practice or hospital based bariatric program who do not otherwise meet the requirements for Associate membership. Requires a Letter of Recommendation from a Regular (surgeon) Member.

International Affiliate Associate Member
Persons actively employed in a bariatric surgical practice or hospital based bariatric program outside of the United States, who do not otherwise meet the requirements for Associate membership. Requires a Letter of Recommendation from an International (surgeon) Member.

Student Member
Full-time Students in a relevant Integrated Health Discipline. Documentation of Full time enrollment in
the course of study must be included. Requires a Letter or Recommendation from a Regular (surgeon) member.

Other Members Categories

Distinguished Member
Member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of bariatric surgery.

Senior Member
ASMBS members who have been in good standing for 25 or more years and has reached the age of 65.

Honorary Member
Nonmember who has made outstanding contribution to the field of bariatric surgery.

The FASMBS and IFASMBS designations are undergoing a restructure due to our transition to a new accreditation program, MBSAQIP.  The new FASMBS/IFASMBS program will be linked to data collection through participation in MBSAQIP.  Once the new accreditation program is fully implemented we will resume accepting applications for FASMBS/IFASMBS.  Anyone currently designated as a FASMBS/IFASMBS may continue to use these credentials until further notice.  We anticipate the full implementation of MBSAQIP within the United States by the end of 2013.

 

Please allow 7-10 business days to process membership applications prior to registering for a course or meeting. 

Membership Application Forms (pdf option):

Surgeon/Physician Application with Instructions
Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form
Candidate Application
Integrated Health Application with Instructions
IH Letter of Recommendation Form

Membership Application Forms (online option):

Member Application
Member Letter of Recommendation
International Letter of Recommendation
Integrated Health Member Application
Integrated Health Member Letter of Recommendation
Candidate Member Application
Candidate Letter of Recommendation

 

 

Featured Resource:

Bariatric Movies and Images
A new digital educational resource for ASMBS members

SOARD
The official journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery