Services and Benefits

Membership Overview

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society™ (CCS) would like to invite you to join with cardiovascular colleagues in the principal association of professionals involved with cardiovascular health, and care in Canada.

The CCS is the national voice for cardiovascular physicians and scientists in Canada. The CCS represents more than 2,000 professionals in the cardiovascular field.

Our mission is to promote cardiovascular health and care through knowledge translation, including dissemination of research and encouragement of best practices; and professional development and leadership in health policy.

  • Benefits of Membership

    As a CCS member you are entitled to:

    - belong to a national professional society that is uniquely Canadian;

    - attend the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, including the CCS Annual Scientific Meeting, with special rates for members (more than a 45% savings);

    - receive the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, with an annual subscription of twelve issues and exclusive access to the journal online ($502 value);

    - receive the newsletter CCS Online, with information on upcoming events, employment opportunities and other news;

    - stay current with CCS information resources, educational tools, mobile apps, etc available on the Website;

    - access CCS guidelines, position statements and commentaries, position statements and commentaries;

    - access live and online accredited continuing professional development programs;

    - be part of an organization that represents your interests with governments and other national health organizations;

    - contribute to CCS working groups that deal with issues of national interest, such as access to care, cardiovascular workforce, consensus on data definitions and quality indicators and recommendations of the Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan;

    - make a difference to the cardiovascular health of Canadians by participating in the development of Canadian standards, education and public policy through the CCS;

    - enjoy networking opportunities with colleagues at special events, by joining CCS committees, and through members-only access to the CCS directory of member, on groups;

    - encourage young professionals in your field through CCS activities such as mentorship and trainee programs; and

    - find your niche - the CCS is affiliated with Canadian sub-specialty groups.

    - as a trainee, benefit from a range of CCS programs to help with the transition from your final years of study to the launch of your career.

  • Values

    Our primary commitment is to the optimal cardiovascular health of all Canadians.

    - To be responsible to current member needs.

    - To build and maintain collaborative relationships based on mutual respect.

    - To manage our resources with fiscal responsibility and integrity.

    - To promote an open communication and transparency of CCS business.

    - To make decisions based on credible science.

  • Membership Categories

    Regular Members are specialists in cardiovascular health and diseases, or specialists who do not have a specialty qualification in a cardiovascular discipline but are recognized as having a major interest and time commitment to cardiovascular disease, or those with doctorates who are directly involved in cardiovascular teaching and research.

    Member-in-Training are those individuals who are currently engaged in a formal Canadian cardiovascular-related training program, such as;

    - Adult Cardiology

    - Pediatric Cardiology

    - Cardiac Surgery, and;

    - Trainees  who are furthering their training in a cardiovascular subspecialty area (eg echocardiography, electrophysiology and interventional cardiology), and;

    - Research Trainees at the PhD or Postdoctoral levels in cardiovascular sciences.

    - Individuals remain eligible for such membership for as long as they are in training.

    Life Members are those individuals who have been Regular Members in good standing for at least twenty-five consecutive years and who have retired from practice and request to be elected a Life Member

    Semi-Retired members are those individuals who have been Regular Members in good standing for at least ten consecutive years, who are semi-retired from practice with less than or equal to 50% FTE and are 65 years of age or greater and request to be elected a Semi-Retired Member.

    Honorary Members The Society may, from time to time, identify any physician, surgeon, scientist or other individual for special distinction and confer Honorary Membership.

  • Partners and Affiliates

    In addition to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), a number of other Canadian cardiovascular associations have established affiliations with the CCS, including those that represent physician subspecialty areas of cardiology. The CCS and its affiliates are all active participants at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, which is hosted by the CCS and HSFC.

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