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Membership FAQ  

What is MyAGS?
MyAGS is a members-only website, which makes it easy for members to navigate between the resources available to members only and those available to the general public.

How do I access MyAGS?
As a new member, your default MyAGS login is your primary email address and your password is the five-digit member ID number which is  on your Membership ID card.  You may then visit the Change My Password page to select a new password.  If you forget your password, click the “forgot your password” link at the bottom of the login page and it will be emailed to you. 

If you have trouble accessing MyAGS, please contact the AGS Membership Department at (800) 247-4779.

When does my AGS membership expire?
In 2012, AGS membership moved from calendar year to anniversary year renewals.  This means that membership will be valid for one year from your join/renew dates, instead of all memberships expiring on December 31st of each year.  This allows members the opportunity to enjoy a full year’s worth of membership before they are asked to renew.  To find out when your membership expires, please log in to MyAGS and visit the My Transactions page or contact the AGS Membership Department at 800-247-4779.

How do I access the AGS Journals online?
Access to JAGS is available through MyAGS. Once logged into MyAGS, proceed to Member Resources and Tools page.  

How can I join an AGS committee?
AGS members who wish to serve on an AGS committee can apply to serve a 3 year term starting in May of the upcoming year. AGS Members interested in volunteering for committee service will be asked to complete an application and submit a brief biographical sketch, and two recommendations by current Board and/or committee members. All appointments for committee membership (including re-appointments, external liaison appointments, etc) are made at the beginning of the calendar year. Full Guidelines and application can be found on in the Get Involved Section of MyAGS.

How do I participate in a Special Interest Group (SIG)?
SIGs meet once a year during the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting to network and address mutual interests and concerns. A full listing of SIGs along with the day/times that they meet can be found in the AGS Annual Meeting Program.

Am I eligible to apply for AGS Fellowship?
You are eligible to apply for AGS Fellowship if you are currently an active member of the AGS and have been for at least 5 years, and you have attended at least 3 Annual Meetings. 

How do I apply for AGS Fellowship status?
To be considered for the status of AGS Fellow, an applicant must:

  1. Mail in a completed application form. (Complete only the items that apply)
  2. Provide two letters of recommendation by members of the Society in good standing (members for at least three years, Fellows of the Society encouraged) endorsing the applicant's advancement to Fellowship status.
  3. Submit a $150 application fee via check made out to the American Geriatrics Society. 

Why should I apply for AGS Fellowship status?
Fellowship status is awarded to AGS members who have demonstrated a professional commitment to geriatric medicine, contributed to the progress of geriatric care, and are active participants in the Society's activities.  Attaining AGSF status within the Society places members in a specially recognized group of healthcare providers who are dedicated to continuing education in geriatrics, teaching and research. They have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities and the Society by their service.  Their dedication and longstanding commitment to AGS is appreciated by this mark of distinction.

What is the Health in Aging Foundation Referral Service?
AGS members are invited to participate in the Health in Aging Foundation Referral Service, a free service which provides older adults and caregivers nationwide with referrals to geriatrics healthcare professionals in their areas.  To elect to participate in the service, members can opt in on MyAGS or contact the AGS Membership Department.

What percentage of my AGS dues is tax deductible?
85% of AGS member dues are tax deductible. The remainder is allocated to the JAGS/AGS Newsletter.  AGS does not lobby, we just inform legislators of Geriatrics issues. Therefore, no portion of member dues relate to lobbying.

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