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Editorial
September 1999

Surgical Societies: Membership, Costs, Abstracts, Moratorium

Arch Surg. 1999;134(9):917-920. doi:10.1001/archsurg.134.9.917

SURGICAL SOCIETIES are an integral, productive part of American surgery. The proliferation of these organizations since World War II has been phenomenal, and the list continues to grow. The attainment of society membership is highly desirable, significantly competitive at the national level, and represents a level of professional accomplishment. It is part of the landscape of American surgery. The opportunity to present scholarly work for review by surgical peers at society meetings has become standardized in the United States. This process provides surgical investigators with a comprehensive multiphased review by (1) the program committee, (2) discussants at the meeting, and (3) the journals to whom societies submit their scientific transactions. Nonscientific activities complement these meetings, almost always held in a geographically pleasing setting; seldom is the location in the Greenvilles or Peorias of America.

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