Candidate Membership


A candidate member must be currently licensed to practice medicine in the United States or Canada.

Candidate members must have successfully completed or they must be eligible for examination in general surgery given by the American Board of Surgery or the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

Fellows in, or individuals who are within 12 months after completion of an ACGME-approved pediatric surgical fellowship or RCSC-equivalent positions are eligible for candidate membership.

 An individual may remain a candidate member for five years following completion of an approved pediatric surgical fellowship program at which time the candidate membership will expire. This five-year period is in addition to the time spent as a candidate member during pediatric surgery fellowship.

If candidate membership expires, one may still apply for regular membership at any time in the future. Candidate membership is not mandatory in order to qualify for regular membership.



  • ExPERT – APSA’s online CME Program
  • Pediatric Surgery NaT – APSA’s online resource to keep the current general surgical care of children at your fingertips
  • APSA Annual Meeting registration
  • Journal of Pediatric Surgery subscription

Resources & News

Collaboration & Networking

  • Access to APSA member directory
  • Collaboration with the pediatric surgery community
  • Pediatric surgery-specific news
  • Committee Service - serve on one of APSA's many committees


Annual member dues are $75. All Candidate members are required to carry an annual subscription to the Journal of Pediatric Surgery at the special rate of $150 for print/digital or $130 for digital.


Membership applications are completed online. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

To apply for candidate membership, you must complete an application.

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Click here to start an application

Questions? Contact APSA staff.