“Transplantation is an enormously complicated field that relies on the participation of physicians, surgeons, researchers and others. In order to advance, all who participate on the transplant team must continue the dialogue. Cooperation among transplant professionals is what has set AST apart from other societies."
-AST founding President, Dr. Ronald Guttmann
Through being a member of the AST, I have joined the Liver and Intestinal Community of Practice (LICOP). As a member of LICOP, I have been able to meet colleagues of the field of liver/intestine transplant outside of my own instituion and collaborate with them. Through being a member of the education subcommittee, I have met leaders in the field who have provided me guidance in my career. At our conference meetings and monthly calls, we share knowledge, develop research and education ideas, and carry out multi-center collaborations. These interactions help me feel connected to the forefront of work in liver transplant and to an amazing group of people, who I am lucky to call colleagues and friends. I wish I had learned about the AST and LICOP earlier in my career! I encourage all trainees and junior and senior faculty to join this group as it provides mentorship at all levels and motivates you to collaborate and contribute to our field. It is true community!
-Dr. King has been an AST member since 2017 and is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University.
How Do I Participate?
It’s easy – refer a colleague and receive one entry for each approved colleague! See full program details and prizes below.
We’re making it easier for you to refer new members with online referral form! You can quickly send a personal and professional email message to refer your colleagues by visiting the referral form below. Fill one out today!
Schedule & Rules
Every member who successfully recruits 3 new members will automatically receive 1 year of free AST membership!
The prospective member must apply through the online AST membership application - send them the link! Don't forget to have them list your name as the recommender!
- Only one name may be entered as a recommender. If multiple names are included, only one name will count for prize eligibility.
The referrer's AST membership dues for 2021 must be paid in full to be eligible for any rewards or prizes.
Each referral counts towards the referrer's total once the nominee is approved for membership.
Those who referred new members to AST will be recognized at:
The annual AST Town Hall during the 2021 ATC in Seattle, WA.
In an issue of the AST eNews; and
On the AST website.
Nominees for membership can be former members who left the Society prior to or during 2018.
- First Prize - iPad and free membership for following year
- Second Prize - $500 AST Bucks
- Third Prize - $250 AST Bucks
*AST Bucks can be used toward any AST activity, including dues, publications, and select meeting registration. The Member-Get-A-Member program runs from annual meeting to annual meeting. Maximum one year free membership per campaign.
- Click here to view the Member-Get-A-Member Program Full FAQs.
- Click here for a letter template if you prefer to mail or hand deliver a letter.
The best tip for recruiting new members is to share what AST means to you! Dr. Nicolae Leca told us why he recommends AST membership to his colleagues: “AST has been an invaluable forum to collaborate, explore, learn and advance the field of transplantation in the company of transplant professionals I highly regard."
- Tell colleagues why you joined AST.
- Provide concrete examples. What benefits can you not live without?
- Focus on their needs and how AST can meet them -- for example:
- Is your colleague a trainee? AST's New Comprehensive Trainee Curriculum (CTC) is available at a discount to members.
- Is your colleague a researcher? AST offers several prestigious research grants.
- Is your colleague an ILDA? Check out the nine-part webinar series free for members.
- Many other opportunities available - meeting registration discounts, access to online specialized Communities of Practice, and so much more!
- Follow up. Check to see if your colleague joined AST, has further questions, or if assistance is required with the application process. Refer to the National Office as needed for additional support!
- Give thanks. Send them a thank you for considering AST membership and their support in the transplant community.
See our complete list of participants in the Member-Get-A-Member program to congratulate our committed members!