Why Should You Join The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion?
The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion was founded in 1979 with a single purpose in mind. This purpose is well defined in the Constitution of The Academy.
ARTICLE II. Section 1. PURPOSE: “.. to encourage and stimulate investigation and study which will increase the knowledge of cardiovascular perfusion, to correlate and disseminate such knowledge.”Section 2. defines how this purpose will be accomplished: “.. The Academy shall hold at least one scientific meeting each year in which free discussion shall be featured; shall conduct a Journal for the publication of the papers presented at this meeting, and other acceptable articles; and shall undertake such other activities as the Council or The Academy as a whole may decide.”
The Academy has maintained its focus on this purpose for over twenty-six years. The Academy leadership realized that the key to accomplishing this purpose would be the establishment of the highest quality perfusion education program available to everyone in the profession, and above all, a commitment by individuals to this purpose.
The founding members of The Academy knew that the long term commitment to this purpose must be born by the members. Therefore, they took a strict position against getting involved in the politics of the profession in order to avoid distraction from this commitment. This has proven to be a very wise decision, and few would deny that this goal has been accomplished, and that the purpose of The Academy lives on as a pure commitment. One need only to look at the budget and expenses of The Academy to recognize this.
The membership of The Academy is The Academy.
If you believe that continuing perfusion education is important to you personally, and is important to the profession in general, then you need to be a member of The Academy. You will become a large part of the quality of perfusion education in the profession through your own commitment to The Academy, and will help shape the future of education efforts. There are several categories of membership that will fit into your level of commitment and resources available.
Anyone wishing to join The Academy will begin receiving all membership benefits as soon as they pay the filing fee of $25 and the first year’s dues of $155. Back issues of Perfusion will be sent to the new member as well. This means that as soon as the dues and filing fee are received in the national office, a new member will receive:
- Perfusion, including back issues for the year
- Meeting Discounts as a member of The Academy
- Business Meeting input at the Opening Business Meeting
- Participation in all activities of The Academy
All applications received during the year will be submitted to the membership committee, council, and membership for final approval at the annual meeting in January as in the past. Any applicant submitting an application after July, will be contacted by the national office and given the choice of becoming a member in the current year or becoming a member after the Annual business Meeting. All applications received at the meeting, will be submitted for approval at that meeting and will begin receiving all benefits after the meeting. We hope that this policy will address any individual situation and encourage anyone interested in joining to apply at any time. For your convenience there is an application available to be printed by going directly to Membership Application or you may read more about Membership benefits and commitments below.