COS Membership Information

  • To download a COS membership form, CLICK HERE.  This is a PDF file that can be completed on your computer and then printed.  (form updated 5/10/2015)
  • A list of current members is available HERE.  (coming soon)

Practicing ophthalmologists are eligible for membership in the COS.  The following categories of membership are available:


Active Members - Active membership requires certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology and eligibility for membership in the Chicago Medical Society or local county medical society. Active members may vote on matters coming before the members and may hold office. They also are entitled to all other general rights and privileges of membership, and is are responsible for payment of full regular dues and for the fulfillment of other responsibilities associated with the membership as determined by the Council.

Ophthalmologists who are in their first two years after completing training are eligible for a "new in practice" dues discount of 50% the first year and 25% the second year.  This applies to residency and/or fellowship training.

Associate Members - A person may be an Associate Member when fulfilling all the following criteria:

  (1) Holds the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy;

  (2) Is licensed to practice medicine in the United States or Canada;

  (3) Has completed three years of residency training in an accredited residency program in ophthalmology.

Associate members are entitled to vote but may not hold elected office in the Society. Associate members are entitled to all other general rights and privileges of membership, and are responsible for payment of full regular dues and for the fulfillment of other responsibilities associated with the membership as determined by the Council.

Resident Members - Any person fulfilling the following criteria shall be considered a Resident Member:

  (1) Holds the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy;

  (2) Is engaged on a full-time basis in an accredited ophthalmology training program located within the Chicago metropolitan area.

Resident members are individually exempt from paying dues, and may not vote or hold office.
Please note - -  All Chicago-area residents are automatically included as COS members through their residency program.  It is not necessary for a resident to submit a membership application.

Life Members - Life membership shall, on written request, be awarded to those who have been Active members for 35 consecutive years. Members who are no longer in active practice or not continuing active practice in the Chicago area may on recommendation of the Council, be transferred to life membership. Life members shall enjoy all the privileges of active members except the power to hold office, and shall be exempt from payment of dues and registration fees for the monthly conferences. Life members may be reinstated to Active membership upon application and approval of the Council.

Emeritus Members - Emeritus membership shall, on written request, be granted to those who have been Active members for at least 10 years and who have fully retired from the practice of medicine. Emeritus members shall enjoy all the privileges of active members except the power to hold office. Emeritus members shall be exempt from payment of dues but must pay registration fees, as determined by the Council, for any monthly conferences they attend.

Honorary Members - Honorary membership shall be conferred upon persons nominated by the Council who have contributed to the success of the Society and are not eligible for membership in other categories. Election to membership shall be by vote of the membership of Society at any duly called meeting of the membership. Honorary members are exempt from paying dues, and may not vote or hold office.

Affiliate Members - Affiliate membership is open to any person fulfilling all of the following criteria:

  (1) Holds the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy;

  (2) Holds a license to practice medicine in the United Sates or Canada;

  (3) Has demonstrated an active interest and involvement in a field of medicine with frequent intellectual or clinical association with ophthalmology;

  (4) Is certified by a Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Affiliate members are entitled to vote but may not hold elected office in the Society. Affiliate members are entitled to all other general rights and privileges of membership, and are responsible for payment of full regular dues and for the fulfillment of other responsibilities associated with the membership as determined by the Council.



Last Updated on Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:05 AM