Membership Types

The categories of membership are as follows:

Full Membership
Any Medical practitioner who is registered as such with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and who is a member of SAMA, shall be entitled to apply for Full Membership of the Society provided that the nature of his/her practice is such as to give him/her a special interest in gastroenterology.

Affiliated Membership
Membership is also open to medical practitioners who are registered as such with the HPCSA and who are involved in gastroenterology, but who are not members of SAMA. These members will enjoy all the benefits of SAGES but shall not be allowed to vote on matters concerning the SAMA or have the right to be elected to any office of the Medical Association. Membership of the Society shall at all times consist of at least 85% of Full Members.

Honorary Membership
Honorary Membership, as defined in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of SAMA, may be granted by the Council of the Society to persons who qualify for such membership in terms of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of SAMA. Honorary Members shall be entitled to such privileges as may from time to time be determined by the Council of the Society.

Life Membership
No direct entry to this category. Honour bestowed by Council.

Associate Membership
Any medical scientist or non-doctor, with a special interest in gastroenterology may be entitled to apply for Associate Membership of the Society.

International Member
Any member of any of the above categories may be termed an International member if he/she resides out of the boundaries of South Africa.

Trainee Member
Any medical, surgical or paediatric doctor undergoing training in gastroenterology for the Certificate examination is entitled to apply for Trainee Membership of the Society