Orthopaedic and Neurosurgeons who have had additional training in spine surgery and whose practice is predominantly spine are eligible for full membership. Other professionals with interest in spine care may be admitted as defined in the following subsections.

Membership Categories

A specialist member is an Orthopaedic or Neurosurgeon and who in addition has done an Internationally recognized spine fellowship or a spine diploma program and whose practice is at least 30% spine dominated

A physician member is one that has an accredited fellowship in Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery or Neurology and has interest in spine surgery or disorders such that the member’s practice is at least 20% spine dominated or who has attended a basic spine course.

Medical practitioners still undergoing training in Orthopaedics or Neurosurgery with demonstrable interest in spine surgery by way of rotations in an accredited centre or who have authored relevant publication(s).

Other non-physician health professionals with interest in spine. This includes, but is not limited to Physiotherapists, Nurses and Occupational Therapists.

An International member is one with the qualifications of Specialist member but who resides outside Nigeria.

Emeritus member is a specialist member in good standing aged 65 years and above.

Specialist, Physician, International and Emeritus members are full members.

A Full member may apply for life membership in his membership category if he is 50 years or older and pays 10 years annual dues in a lump sum.

An individual can be made an honorary member in recognition of achievements and contributions to spine surgery or spine care. An Honorary member will not have to pay annual dues. Former patients who might have benefitted from the expertise of members can be considered in this category. An Honorary member will not be eligible to attend meetings and shall not vote.

Benefits of Membership

  • All members shall at all times up-hold the ideals, aims and objectives of the Society as provided in this constitution.
  • Specialist and Physician Members shall be entitled to the full benefits of membership with regard to the right to vote, and be voted for, and hold office in the Society. They shall attend meetings and participate actively in all programs of the Society.
  • International Members and Affiliate Members shall enjoy the same privileges as the active Full Members except the right to hold office.
  • Associate Members may enjoy all privileges of the Society but they cannot hold office or vote. They can serve on committees but cannot chair a committee. They can vote at the committee level.
  • Emeritus members can enjoy all privileges of the association except that they cannot hold office. Emeritus members are not obliged to pay annual dues.
  • Life Members retain the privileges for the individual’s category till the age of 65 years when they become Emeritus.