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Membership

Why Join the SSCI?

You belong to national organizations and attend national meetings, so why spend additional time and money on a regional organization and a regional meeting?

Actually, regional organizations and meetings are quite different from their national counterparts, and they serve a different purpose. Being smaller, regional organizations offer greater opportunity for members to participate in organizational activities. Members represent institutions with common challenges, and creative solutions to your problems are often a first name phone conversation or email query away. Among regional organizations, the SSCI remains among the strongest and most financially sound. Its forefathers are the likes of Tinsley Harrison, Paul Beeson, Arthur Guyton, Grant Liddle, and other great academicians with roots in the south.

The SSCI's mission focuses on supporting and mentoring the next generation of academicians - it's less about us and more about them. The organization meets that mission by co-sponsoring the Southern Regional Meeting (SRM) in New Orleans each year as a forum for all residents, fellows, and junior faculty to present their work and interact with experienced investigators and regional academic leaders. Through that supportive environment, we seek to project the excitement of research that will encourage some of these trainees to pursue an academic career. In addition, the SSCI sponsors the American Journal of the Medical Sciences (AJMS) and offers this as a publication venue for complete and scientifically sound research, as well as symposia and other scholarly works.

Benefits of Membership

  • Expand your leadership activities beyond your local institution.
  • Enhance your personal interactions with academic leaders throughout the South.
  • Have access to publication opportunities (symposia, etc.) in The AJMS.
  • Commit a part of your time to building a future generation of academicians.
  • Have a venue (SRM) for all trainees and junior faculty in your group to present their work (generous travel awards for trainees cover most of their travel expenses).
  • Attend an annual scientific meeting that is more enjoyable than overwhelming.

Eligibility

Membership is open to those with MD, PhD, DO, or PharmD degrees based on broad academic criteria that are considered by the Council prior to its annual meeting. The SSCI is interested in attracting members at or above the senior Assistant Professor level who have demonstrated meritorious scholarly activities with promise for, or evidence of, academic leadership. Recognizing that academic medicine has two distinct career pathways, the SSCI has established different selection criteria based on one's primary academic focus.

For those whose career emphasizes research (basic science or clinical investigation), criteria such as research independence and originality, publications, independent grant support, and local/regional/national academic recognition will be examined more closely than clinical activities. For clinician educators, criteria such as clinical teaching responsibilities, curriculum development, academic leadership appointments, scholarly activities, and recognition as a clinical academic authority will be weighed more heavily than traditional research criteria.

The applicant will select which pathway best defines their career path and thus, which set of criteria will be weighed most heavily by the Council.

Members of the ASCI and AAP are automatically given membership upon application.

Nomination Instructions

All applicants must be nominated, and their nomination seconded, by members of the SSCI. The seconding letter should be from a member knowledgeable in the nominee's area of work and preferably from an institution separate from the nominee's. These supportive letters should not summarize the nominee's CV but rather focus on the independence, originality, and/or significance of the applicant's scholarly work and academic contributions. Specific examples should be provided in support of statements made. In addition, the letters should address the nominee's potential for, or experience as, a mentor and academic leader. Comments about the nominee's "citizenship" in the academic and local community as well as his/her likely contributions to the SSCI mission and/or the Southern Regional Meeting are desired.

A complete nomination package consists of:

  • Completed Nomination for Membership Form, including selection by the nominee of the pathway that best describes his/her academic career (see Requirements above)
  • A brief statement from the nominee on separate letterhead stating why he/she seeks membership in the SSCI
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae
  • A nominating letter, limited to 2 pages, from a member of the SSCI (see Nomination Instructions above)
  • A seconding letter from a member of the SSCI (see Nomination Instructions above).

Submit package electronically to Joan Kemp, Executive Director. Nomination deadline is September 15.

Printable Instructions & Form

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The SSCI Thanks Its Sponsors

  • Elsevier sponsors The Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
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  • AstraZeneca sponsors The Southern Society for Clinical Investigation