Revised Membership Fee Structure Announced for SNACC
Girija Prasad Rath, MD, DM
By Girija Prasad Rath, MD, DM
Chair, Global Outreach Subcommittee (Membership Committee)
Despite being an international scientific society, the active members of Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) are currently restricted to 32 countries world-wide, and most of these countries have a limited number of SNACC members. In an effort to enhance the impact of SNACC to effectively advance our mission, the membership committee has been exploring opportunities to increase and broaden our membership.
It was recognized that unlike other leading international societies, SNACC does not offer membership fee based on economic status of the country of practice. This was identified as a major barrier to global expansion of SNACC. Accordingly, the Global Outreach subcommittee proposed a revised fee structure which was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors (Table 1).
Based on this, SNACC will now provide a revised structure of membership fees based on a country’s economic category as defined by the World Bank Economic Groups Criteria. These criteria were modified to divide the economies into three broad categories: High-income (International Category A Countries), Middle-income (International Category B Countries), and Low-income group (International Category C Countries) (Table 2).
This process aims to attract members from less well-resourced countries by making the membership affordable. It is also expected to lead to recruitment of members from countries that are currently unrepresented in SNACC.
The membership committee will launch a membership drive to reach out to a larger global audience to expand our membership. This initiative is also expected to increase the readership of Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (JNA), spread the message of International Council on Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT), the educational arm of SNACC. We request all the active SNACC members to spread this message to our neuroanesthesia colleagues across the globe to avail this benefit.