Membership Policy Reminders
Thursday, January 30, 2020
January 30, 2020
Hello AOCD Members,
The AOCD Board of Trustees recently met and reviewed policies regarding AOCD membership and have reaffirmed the following:
The title FAOCD is an honorary title bestowed upon members who have successfully passed the certification exam. This title is not automatically awarded, members must apply and show proof of board certification. Once a member is no longer in good standing, he/she may not use the FAOCD designation.
A Fellow member is any osteopathic or allopathic physician who has been certified by the American Osteopathic Association through the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology, or certified through the American Board of Medical Specialists by the American Board of Dermatology shall be eligible for fellow membership. Fellow members shall have full membership rights which include specifically, the right to vote, to hold office, to be assessed dues, and to accept appointment to committees and councils. It is recommended that He/She be a member in good standing of the American Osteopathic Association.
The AOCD’s fiscal year is January 1 to December 31. Membership dues shall be paid on a timely basis by January 1. A member whose dues remain unpaid for three (3) months following the beginning of the membership renewal period shall be suspended from membership and the member’s name shall be dropped from the rolls. The suspended member may be reinstated if payment of the dues is received within six months. Suspended members shall be ineligible to vote, hold office or serve on committees.
Suspended members may be reinstated by the Board of Trustees, at its discretion, upon payment of all delinquent dues and assessments, or presentation of sufficient evidence to support a waiver of the obligation to pay such dues and assessments.
Individuals interested in membership as fellow, associate, affiliate, resident, student or life member must submit a membership application and annual dues to the Membership Committee who will make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The applicant is considered an applicant until final approval of appropriate status is conferred by the Board of Trustees
The AOCD would also like to remind members of the AOCD Trademark Policy.
Fellow Members in good standing with the AOCD who wish to display the AOCD logo on their practice webpage shall sign and follow the Trademark Agreement drafted by the AOCD along with Joshua Prober, JD of the American Osteopathic Association.
Upon termination of membership in the AOCD, whether such termination is voluntary or by action of the AOCD Board of Trustees, Member shall cease and desist from all further use of the Marks.