CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS FOR
THE SOCIETY FOR PEDIATRIC UROLOGY
Name: The name of the organization shall be:
THE SOCIETY FOR PEDIATRIC UROLOGY
Purpose: To encourage the study, to improve the practice, to elevate the standards, and to
further the advancement of Pediatric Urology.
Classes of Membership Qualifications
Section 1 The Society for Pediatric Urology shall have the following classes of
membership: Active, Affiliate, Corresponding, Senior, Honorary,
Inactive and Candidate.
Section 2 The election of new members shall take place at the Annual Business
Meeting each year. Two-thirds affirmative vote of the members present
shall be required.
Section 3 Active Membership
a) The Active Membership shall be composed of urologists who have
made contributions in the field of pediatric urology.
b) The basic requirements for admission to Active Membership shall be:
1) Active Membership in the American Urological Association and
certification by the American Board of Urology, or the Royal
College of Surgeons. For Active Members with a time limited
certificate, evidence of recertification needs to be provided to the
secretary. Candidates whose application to the American
Urological Association is approved within thirty (30) days of the Annual
Meeting of The Society for Pediatric Urology shall be constituted as
having pending Active Membership and will be eligible for admission.
2) The applicant’s training and evidence submitted must demonstrate
an active interest and practice in the field of pediatric urology.
3) The applicant must document that he/she has taken the
pediatric in-service exam administered by the AUA Office of
Education within two (2) years of the date of the application.
c) The applicant must be sponsored by a member who will be
responsible for evidence of his qualifications. In addition, he must
be endorsed by two other members.
d) To qualify for membership, the applicant must be approved by the
Membership Committee, who may require a summary record of the
applicant’s experience in pediatric urology, with a list of the cases
under his care during the immediate two years prior to his application.
e) Only active members may participate in the Annual Business Meeting,
hold office, or serve on the Executive Council of The Society for
f) Requirements of Active Members:
1. Maintain membership in the AUA.
2. Maintain an active ABU certificate.
3. Annually, pay the dues and assessments as set by the Society at the
Annual Business Meeting by the 2/3 majority of those voting.
Section 4 Affiliate Membership
a) Affiliate Membership may be conferred to an individual who is not a
pediatric urologist who has contributed to the field of pediatric urology.
b) The candidate must be sponsored by an Active Member who will be
responsible for evidence of their qualifications. In addition, the
candidate must be endorsed by two other Active Members.
c) To qualify for this membership the individual must be approved by
the Membership Committee and the Executive Council prior to
presentation at the Annual Business Meeting.
Section 5 Corresponding Membership
a) Corresponding Membership may be conferred on any pediatric urologist
who does not qualify as an Active Member.
b) Membership in the American Urological Association is not required
for Corresponding Membership.
c) The candidate must be sponsored by an Active Member who will be
responsible for evidence of their qualifications. In addition, the candidate
must be endorsed by two other Active Members.
d) To qualify for this membership the individual must be approved by the
Membership Committee and the Executive Council prior to presentation at the
Annual Business Meeting.
e) Requirements of Corresponding Members:
1. Annually, pay the dues and assessments by the Society at the Annual
Business Meeting by a 2/3 majority of those voting.
Section 6 Senior Membership
a) Active Members in good standing in the Society, on attaining the age of
sixty-five (65), are eligible for Senior Membership.
b) An Active Member in good standing who wishes to be transferred to
Senior Membership shall make a written application to the Secretary at
least sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting.
c) Application transfer from Active to Senior Membership shall be
accepted if approved by the Secretary and Executive Council, and shall
take effect during the subsequent dues paying period for remission of dues.
d) The Secretary shall present a list of names of Active Members approved
for transfer to Senior status to the membership at the next Business Meeting.
Section 7 Honorary Membership
a) Honorary Membership may be conferred upon an individual who, in the
estimation of and by majority vote of the members of The Society for
Pediatric Urology present at the Annual Meeting is worthy of such
b) The requirements for membership as set forth in Article III, Section 2
and 3, do not pertain to individuals elected to Honorary Membership.
Section 8 Inactive Membership
a) Active or Affiliate Members who are incapacitated by illness or accident
from the practice of medicine and to whom the payment of dues would be a
hardship, are eligible for Inactive Membership.
b) An Active Member in good standing who desires to be transferred to
Inactive Membership shall make written application to the Secretary at least
sixty (60) days before the Annual Business Meeting.
c) Application for transfer from Active to Inactive Membership shall be
received by the Secretary and approved by the Executive Council. Transfer
shall be ratified by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the
Annual Business Meeting.
Section 9 Candidate Membership
a) Candidate Membership is offered to those urologists currently matched or
enrolled in an accredited Pediatric Urology Training Program, or who have
recently completed a Pediatric Urology Fellowship or Training Program and
are board eligible in Urology.
b) Application for Candidate Membership shall be made by completion of a
Candidate Member application as well as proof of acceptance in an
accredited Pediatric Urology Fellowship. Candidates must have completed or
be in the process of completing an accredited residency training program in
urology. The candidate should also be board eligible in urology.
Fellows of the Society for Pediatric Urology
Section 1 Definition: Fellowship status in the SPU defines a full time pediatric
urologist. Fellowship in the SPU is reserved for Active SPU Members in
good standing who are in the full time practice of pediatric urology. Fellow
status carries the responsibility of continuing education and self-evaluation
in Pediatric Urology.
Section 2 Criteria for admission to Fellowship:
a) Active SPU Member in good standing.
b) Confine their urology practice to pediatric patients.
c) For those finishing their urology residency program after 1998, they must
have completed an accredited fellowship in pediatric urology.
d) Taken the Pediatric in-service exam administered by the AUA Office of
Education the year prior to their application.
e) Submission of a surgical log of all consecutive cases performed in hospitals
and/or ambulatory surgicenter over the most recent past calendar year.
f) Two letters from Urologists practicing in the area attesting to their practice
being limited to pediatric urologic problems and one letter from an Active
Member of the SPU.
g) Evidence of 15 category I CME hours in Pediatric Urology during the most
recent past calendar year.
h) Approval by the Executive Council of the SPU.
Section 3 Application for Fellow status.
a) Application for fellow status may be requested from the Secretary of the
b) Application packet must be complete and received by the Secretary
ninety (90) days before the Annual Meeting.
c) Application for fellow status may be made simultaneously with the
application for active status.
Section 4 Length of and retention of Fellow status.
a) Fellow status will be confirmed for a period of ten (10) years and
documented by the Society for Pediatric Urology. Fellows will receive
b) Fellows desiring to maintain this fellow status must, within two years
prior to the expiration of their fellow status, submit to the secretary:
1. Evidence of an active ABU certificate.
2. Evidence of active SPU and AUA membership.
3. Evidence of having taken the Pediatric Urology in-service exam
administered by the AUA Office of Education at least every other
year of their fellow status.
4. Evidence of 15 category 1 CME hours in Pediatric Urology during
the most recent past calendar year.
5. Two letters from practicing Urologists who attest to the Fellows
practice being limited to Pediatric Urology.
c) Fellow status will be reconfirmed by the SPU Executive Council upon
favorable review of the above and appropriate documentation will be
Section 1 The officers of the Society for Pediatric Urology shall be: President,
President-Elect and a Secretary-Treasurer.
Section 2 The foregoing officers shall be elected annually by the members of The
Society for Pediatric Urology. The term of each office, except the
Secretary-Treasurer, shall be for one (1) year, or until a successor is elected. The
Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a three (3) year term.
Section 3 The general conduct of the affairs of The Society for Pediatric Urology shall
be in the hands of the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall be
composed of the President, President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Past
President and six at-large members elected by majority vote of the members
present at the Annual Business Meeting of the Society. Five of the at-large
members shall be Active Members in good standing in the Society, and the sixth
shall be a Corresponding Member who shall serve as a representative of the
international pediatric urologic community. The Editor of the Society shall also
serve as a member of the Executive Council in an ex officio capacity without
vote. At-large members shall be proposed by the Nominating Committee and
shall serve three-year terms.
Members of the Executive Council with the exception of the international
Corresponding Member shall be elected on a broad geographical representation
basis such as Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central United States.
The Executive Council shall meet at least annually, and just prior to the Annual
Section 4 The Editor of the Society is not an officer of the Society. The Editor shall be
appointed by the Executive Council at its Annual Meeting. The Editor shall be
appointed for one renewable three-year term and shall serve as the Editor of the
official journal of the Society and shall also serve as Chair of the Editorial Board
as well as an ex officio member of the Executive Council without vote.
Section 5(4) In case of vacancy, an officer shall be appointed by the Executive Council for the
unexpired term. If the Presidency is vacant, the President-Elect shall
assume the Presidency and a new President-Elect shall be appointed by the
Executive Council for the interim period. In case of a vacancy among the
six at-large members of the Council, the unexpired term shall be filled at
the next Annual Business Meeting.
Committee and Representatives for the Society
Section 1 The Standing Committees of The Society for Pediatric Urology shall be:
a) Membership Committee: The Membership Committee shall be
composed of the Chair and the members of the Executive Council. The Chair,
appointed by the Executive Council, will be chosen from the Active at-large
members serving or having served on the Executive Committee. The term of
the Membership Chair shall be for five years.
b) Program Committee: The Program Committee shall consist of three Active
Members of the Society appointed by the President. The newly elected
President shall appoint one member of the Program committee who will serve
with the appointee of the outgoing President. Each appointee will serve for
two (2) years.
c) Arrangements Committee: The Arrangements Committee Chair shall be
appointed by the President and the Secretary-Treasurer.
d) Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall consist of
the two immediate past Presidents, the Secretary-Treasurer and one Active
Member, proposed by the Nominating Committee, who shall be elected by a
majority vote of the members present at the Annual Business Meeting. The
Chair of the Nominating Committee shall be the immediate Past President.
The committee shall be responsible for proposing, from the Active Members,
a slate of officers, committee members and representatives to Societies for
election at the Annual Business Meeting.
e) Lectureship Committee – The Lectureship Committee shall consist of the
officers of the society. The Campbell Lectureship shall be chosen from a list
of individuals who have made significant contributions to Pediatric Urology.
The Duckett Lectureship shall be chosen from an international list of
individuals who have made innovative contributions to Pediatric Urology.
The President will serve as the Chair of the Committee. The names of the
lecturers will be forwarded to the Secretary of the AUA October 1 following
the annual meeting.
f) Other committees: Other committees may from time to time be created
by the Executive Council.
Section 2 Representatives of the Society
a) The Governor’s position in the American College of Surgeons shall be
held by an appointee of the Executive Council with the approval of the
majority of the members voting on such an appointment at the Annual
Business Meeting. He shall serve in such capacity for a minimum of three
years or a maximum of six years.
b) The Representative of the Society to the Urology Program Coordinating
Council of the AUA shall be the Secretary and shall serve for a term of
three (3) years.
c) The Representative of the Society to the AUA Research Committee
shall be appointed by the President.
d) The Executive Council shall make three appointments from its
members to the Advisory and Coordinating Council of Pediatric Urology.
The purpose of the committee is to represent the Society for Pediatric Urology
and the Urology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics to the
American Board of Urology. Each appointee will serve for three (3) years.
Section I An Annual Business Meeting shall be held on the day immediately
preceding the annual American Urological Association meeting. The exact
date and time shall be fixed by the Executive Council. The Annual Meeting
shall consist of a Scientific Meeting, the format of which shall be decided by
the Executive Council, with the cooperation of the Arrangements Committee and
the Program Committee, and a Business Meeting open only to members of the
Society for Pediatric Urology.
Section 2 At the Annual Business Meeting, the Secretary-Treasurer shall serve as, or
may appoint, a parliamentarian. Roberts Rules of Order will be the
authority for questions of Parliamentary Procedure. The order of the agenda
shall be as follows:
1. Presentation of the minutes of the previous meeting.
2. Reports of
c) Executive Council
d) Combined Executive Committee of the AAP Urology Section and
e) Representatives to Societies.
3. Election of new members.
4. Old business.
5. New business.
6. Report of the Committee on Nominations.
7. Nominations from floor.
8. Introduction and remarks of incoming President
9. Presentation of gavel to outgoing President.
Section 1 The Bylaws of the Society may be amended at any Annual Business
Meeting by a vote of 2/3 of the members present and voting.
Section 2 A written notice of the proposed amendment(s) shall be circulated to the
active members at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which vote is to be
As Amended, May 7, 2004