Tiers of Membership


Our strength and our standing in the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) is directly related to the number of members we have in the organization. For our proposals to carry any weight, we should have several hundred members. In order to expand our membership, we can no longer depend on only physicians. We must include allied and mid-level health professionals, like podiatrists, optometrists, anesthetists, PAs, NPs, and other medical professionals. The following is a proposal to create a tiered associate membership system, which if approved, would provide a significantly greater number of members. Most other medical societies allow for this as well.

Tier 1- Requires an MD, DO, PhD degree, or any faculty position at EVMS or ODU. The cost of dues for this group is $240 per year, includes access to all benefits, rights and privileges of membership, and each full member has one vote.

Tier 2 - Allied Health Professionals - Refers to a distinct group of health professionals, not in the above group, who apply their expertise to prevent disease transmission, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people of all ages and in all specialties. Examples would include podiatrists, optometrists, dentists, etc. This group has access to all membership rights, privileges, and benefits, including advocacy*, etc. They may express opinions, but may not vote. Dues are $180 per year.

Tier 3- Mid-Level Professionals - Physician's Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. This group may express opinions, but not vote. They will have all other membership rights, privileges, and benefits including advocacy* if it does not conflict with Tier 1. Dues are $120 per year. 

Tier 4 - Medical and Radiological Technicians, Medical Office Managers, Registered Nurses, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists - Again, this group may voice opinions, and have access to all member rights, privileges, and benefits, including advocacy*, but cannot vote. Dues are $60 per year.

Tier 5 - Medical Students, Residents, Fellows - This group may also voice opinions and have access to all member rights, privileges, and benefits, including advocacy*, but cannot vote. Dues are Free.

*If there is a conflict in advocacies, Tier 1 takes priority.

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