Below are some frequently asked questions in regards to AST membership.
All applicants must create an account on the AST website, complete the online membership application form, and upload a current curriculum vitae/resume. Applicants must have had at least one year of experience in the field of transplantation, unless he/she is currently in a pre or post-doctoral training program. Applicants applying for trainee membership must submit a letter from their program director. This letter is to confirm their status as a trainee and must describe the nature of the training program and include the date (month and year) of trainee completion. All applications must be submitted prior to being reviewed by the AST Membership Committee.
Full and International applicants are no longer required to submit a letter of recommendation. Trainee applicants need one letter from their program director. This letter is to verify his/her trainee status, and must state the nature of the training program and the date (month and year) of completion. This letter must be on official hospital/institution letterhead and can either be mailed to the AST National Office or it can be as an attachment sent in an email directly from the program director.
The AST Membership Committee is charged with reviewing and approving all applications for membership. The committee reviews applications on a monthly basis and only applications that have been submitted will be reviewed. Typically, submitted applications are reviewed within 4-6 weeks after submission, and applicants can expect to receive notice regarding their membership status at that time.
Once your application has been reviewed and approved by the AST Membership Committee, you will receive an email from the AST National Office advising you of your election to membership. A welcome letter and a membership dues invoice will also be mailed to you.
Full membership dues for doctoral degrees are $420; non-doctoral degrees are $90. International membership dues are $300 and Trainee membership dues are $90. Dues are billed annually and are not pro-rated. Full, Doctoral and International membership dues include a subscription to the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT), the official journal of the AST and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). Please do not send payment with your membership application.
The AST reduced membership rate is $120 for 12 printed issues and online access or $60 for online access only. Full, Doctoral and International membership dues include a subscription to the AJT. Full, Non-Doctoral and Trainee members can subscribe to the journal at the reduced member rate. The $60 online only access is only available to Trainee and Full, Non-Doctoral members.
Once your membership dues have been paid and processed, you will be able to access the online journal through the AST website and you will start to receive the printed journal in approximately 8-10 weeks. If you are a new member that is accepted to membership September through December, you will receive the journal issues for the following year.
AST dues are billed on an annual basis and are not pro-rated. Dues invoices are mailed to all members in October for the following year. In order to continue receiving all member benefits, members are asked to remit payment for their dues by April 1. Note: In order to register at the member discounted rate for any AST meeting (including the ATC), membership dues must be paid to date. Members wishing to attend the 2013 ATC will need to pay their dues by April 1 in order to receive the discounted member rate. Please note that if you are applying for membership, that we cannot accept your dues payment prior to acceptance to membership.
AST members may pay their membership dues with a check or credit card information. Checks must be made payable to the AST and must be drawn on a US Bank and be in US dollars. AST accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Dues payments should be submitted with a copy of your AST invoice. Invoices with credit card information may be faxed to the AST at (856) 439-9982.
Members can also pay their dues online, through the AST Online Dues Renewal. Members will need to login with their username and password.
AST members who have retired from practice in the field may request by letter to the Secretary/Treasurer to be advanced to Emeritus status. Emeritus members cannot vote or hold office on the board, but are exempt from paying dues. Emeritus members may subscribe to the AJT at the reduced AST member rate.
Changes to contact or demographic information can be changed on the AST website. Once logged in, click on My Account and then My Profile. You can also email your contact information changes to the AST staff at info@myAST.org. Updating staff in a timely matter of your move will enable that membership materials and your AJT subscription are being sent to the correct place.
Certain pages on the AST website are available exclusively to AST members and require a username and password for access. These pages contain information or tools that are part of the benefit of membership.
All AST members have a username and password. If you are a member, please enter your username and password when prompted. If you forget your username or password, simply use the forgot password link or you can contact the AST staff at info@myAST.org.
Members that subscribe to the AJT can access the journal directly from the AST website. Make sure you are logged into the AST website, and then go to: http://www.myast.org/journal. Please contact the AST staff at info@myAST.org if you have any specific questions regarding your AJT subscription.
Please contact the AST staff at info@myAST.org or (856) 439-9986 with any questions you may have.
The American Society of Transplantation is an international organization of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, and organ donation.