SCOMS Membership

Any applicant for membership shall sign the application form showing that he/she complies with the statutes governing the practice of osteopathic medicine in South Carolina, and showing that the applicant is licensed to practice in the state of South Carolina, and pledging to comply with the By-Laws of this Society, and pledging to deport himself/herself in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Profession.  No non-member of the Society shall serve the Society in any capacity whatever, except he/she shall be cleared as a member, or for a specific duty by the Board of Trustees.

The year’s dues must accompany the application, and in the event of rejection, said dues shall be returned.

There shall be no discrimination or harassment in the Society’s membership programs or activities based on race, color, gender, sexual preference, marital or parental status, religion, national origin, age, mental or physical disability or veteran status.

OMM StudentsLevels of Membership

Voting Members

  • Active Members;
  • Honorary Life Members who hold an active South Carolina medical license and practice in at least a part-time capacity in South Carolina;
  • Retired Members who hold an active South Carolina medical license and practice in a part-time capacity in South Carolina;
  • Military Members who are stationed in South Carolina or claim South Carolina as their home state;
  • Resident Members.

Non-Voting Members

  1. Honorary Life Members who do not hold an active license to practice in the state of South Carolina and are wholly and permanently retired;
  2. Retired Members who do not hold an active medical license to practice in the state of South Carolina and are wholly and permanently retired;
  3. Out-of-state Members who are actively practicing and duly licensed in their home state.
  4. Associate Members;
  5. Resident Members;
  6. Student Members.

Active Membership

An active membership may be granted to actively practicing osteopathic physicians who are graduates of a college approved by the AOA; who are duly licensed in the state of South Carolina, have completed the appropriate application process in accordance with the By-laws of this Society; and are current with their dues. Active members in good standing are entitled to full voting privileges.  Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Honorary Life Membership

Any physician and/or surgeon may be granted a free honorary life membership who:

  • Has reached the age of sixty-five (65);
  • Has held or currently holds a license to practice in the state of South Carolina;
  • Is in good standing with the Association; and
  • Is semi- to permanently retired.

Retired Membership

A retired membership may be granted to any semi- to permanently retired osteopathic physician who has held or currently holds a license to practice in the state of South Carolina.  Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Military Membership

Osteopathic physicians and/or surgeons who are in the service branch of the United States military; are stationed in South Carolina or claim South Carolina as their home state; and hold a valid license in their home state may be eligible for a voting membership.  Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Resident Membership

Residents who are duly licensed and are serving in an approved residency program may be granted membership upon application and for the duration of that residency. Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Out-of-State Membership

The Society may accept into non-voting membership osteopathic physicians who meet the active member requirements but live out-of-state.  Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Associate Membership

A non-voting Associate membership may be granted to non-osteopathic physicians and the medical community at-large after having completed the appropriate application process and receiving approval from the Executive Committee and then Board of Trustees.  Associate membership may not be available to any osteopathic physician or to any student in an osteopathic institution.  Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees. 

Intern Membership

Interns who are serving in an approved internship may become non-voting members of this Society upon application and for the duration of the internship.  Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.

Student Membership

A non-voting Student membership status may be granted to any student currently enrolled in an AOA accredited college of osteopathic medicine, upon application. Dues will be set at the discretion of the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees.