ILLINOIS RADIOLOGICAL SOCIETY BYLAWS
Revised December, 2006

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Article I – Name

The name of this organization shall be The Illinois Radiological Society or the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Radiology, hereinafter referred to as the “Society”.

Article II – Purpose

The purpose of the Society shall be those of the American College of Radiology, hereinafter sometimes referred to as the “College”: advancing the science of radiology, improving radiological service to patients and the medical community, and studying the economics of radiology; the encouragement of improved and continuing education for radiologists; and the establishment and maintenance of high medical and ethical standards in the practice of radiology.

Article III – Charter and Principles of Ethics

The Society will be an affiliate of the American College of Radiology. The Code of Ethics of the American College of Radiology, as published in the College’s most recent bylaws, is hereby expressly adopted as the ethics of the chapter.

Article IV – Membership

Section I

There shall be eight classes of members in the Society: (1) Active members, (2) Associate Members, (3) Members in Physics, (4) Associate Members in Physics (5) Members in Training and Members in Physics in Training, (6) Retired or Inactive Members, (7) Honorary Members, (8) Affiliate Members.

1. Active Membership. An active member shall:

a. be a physician certified in radiology or one of its recognized branches by the American Board of Radiology, the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; or engaged in nuclear medicine on a full-time basis and certified by a specialty board that is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties or its Canadian equivalent;

b. be of high professional reputation;

c. have the right to be appointed to committees and to hold office in the chapter.

2. Associate Members. An associate member shall:

a. be a physician engaged in the practice of radiology on a full-time basis, and meet all the requirements of active membership except requirement (1)(a) of this Section 1;

b. not have the right to hold office in the chapter

c. have the right to be appointed to committees.

3. Members in Physics. A member in physics shall:

a. be certified as a physicist by the American Board of Radiology;

b. have the right to be appointed to committees and to hold office in the chapter.

4. Associate Members in Physics. An associate member in physics shall:

a. be a physicist engaged in the practice of radiological physics on a full-time basis, but not certified by the American Board of Radiology.

b. not have the right to hold office in the chapter.

c. have the right to be appointed to committees.

5. Members in Training and Members in Physics in Training. A member in training or a member in physics in training shall:

a. occupy a residency or fellowship in radiology approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association (or a formal educational program in medical physics);

b. not have the right to vote or to hold office in the chapter;

c. not be required to pay dues;

d. have the right to be appointed to committees;

e. never have been a member of the chapter before.

f. When members in training or members in physics in training complete training and become members of the ACR, the ACR shall transfer their records to the chapter in the state where they will conduct their principal practice. They will be required to join the chapter within two years of the date they completed their training.

g. Members in training and members in physics in training will automatically be granted membership in the chapter when they complete their training, unless they affirmatively decline membership.

6. Retired or Inactive Members

a. Retired members shall be those active members, associate members, members in physics, associate members in physics, and affiliate members who have retired from active practice because of age or physical disability. Temporarily inactive members shall be those from the above memberships who, for reasons acceptable

to the chapter’s Executive Committee, are temporarily unable to continue their practice. Retired or temporarily inactive members shall not have the right to vote or to hold committee(S) appointments and shall not be required to pay dues.

b. Inactive members shall also be those members and fellows of the Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies (CARROS) Chapter of the American College of Radiology, who, by their own choice, elect not to participate in the activities of the chapter. They are liable for chapter dues, adjusted for deduction of CARROS dues, and are counted for councilor allocation purposes, but shall not have the right to vote, hold office in the chapter, or hold committee appointment.

7. Honorary Members shall be those who have made a special contribution to the field of Radiology, or possess special qualifications in fields associated with Radiology, but who cannot fulfill the qualifications for regular membership. Honorary members shall not have the right to vote or hold elective offices.

8. Affiliate Members. An affiliate member shall:

a. be a member in one of the above membership categories who maintains active membership in another chapter that is not in the state where his or her principal practice is conducted, but chooses to have membership in this state chapter;

b. pay dues to both chapters;

c. have the right to vote;

d. have the right to be appointed to committees;

e. have the right to hold office in the chapter.

Section 2

Application for any of the classes of membership established in Section 1 of this article shall be in writing on a form provided by the secretary-treasurer. Applications for all classes of membership except retired or temporarily inactive status shall include an agreement to abide by the bylaws of the chapter including the Code of Ethics of the American College of Radiology. An application must be endorsed by two active members of the chapter who shall certify the applicant’s qualifications for membership.

If an applicant is refused membership and requests a hearing on the denial of the application, the hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures outlined in Article IV, Section 7, of these bylaws, including a possible report on the action to the National Practitioner Data Bank if the membership denial is based on reasons relating to professional competence or conduct that affects patient health or welfare.

When a member in good standing transfers from this chapter (“old chapter”) to a chapter in another state (“the new chapter”), the old chapter, after receiving notification from the College of the change, should send a notice of the member’s standing in the chapter and his or her original application to the ACR within a reasonable time, not to exceed six weeks.

When a member in good standing of another chapter transfers to this chapter, the ACR sends the member’s file to the new chapter. The secretary-treasurer of the new chapter shall notify the new member in writing that the transfer process has been completed. Chapter dues shall be assessed on a pro-rata basis for the year in which the transfer occurs.

Section 3

The Society adopts the centralized membership system of the College whereby:

A. The American College of Radiology sends both the ACR and Society applications to the prospective member.

B. The prospective new member sends the application for the ACR and Society membership to the ACR office with the necessary supporting data to fulfill the state Chapter requirements.

C. If all of the criteria are met, the ACR publishes through the ACR Bulletin the applicant’s name to the Chapter membership allowing thirty (30) day for comment. The Chapter will be granted, upon request, a 60 or 90 day waiting period. The ACR sends the Chapter secretary- treasurer the Chapter form that the applicant fills out to be on file with the Chapter.

D. If there is no comment, the ACR dues and Chapter dues are collected by the ACR and the Chapter dues are forwarded to the Chapter secretary-treasurer along with the name and address of the new member.

E. If objection to the application is received, the application will be recommended to the Chapter secretary- treasurer for further processing.

Section 4

Election of individuals to honorary membership in the Society shall be by the members at any meeting upon recommendation of two regular members in good standing and the approval of such recommendation by the Executive Committee.

Section 5

Members shall seek retired or inactive membership status by written request, which may be granted by the Executive Committee.

Section 6

TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

A. Resignation:

Any member of the Society may resign by submitting a letter of resignation to the secretary-treasurer.

B. Non-payment of dues or assessments (Article XII).

C. Action of the Executive Committee – Upon recommendation of the Committee on Judicial Affairs (Article IV, Section 7).

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