To gather this information and to determine the value of membership, the society sent 69 of its newest members a survey asking for their reflections on the reasons why they made the decision to become members. More than half responded.
Through an analysis of the feedback, the society identified seven key reasons why these new members sought to join the organization:
- Membership affords the opportunity to contribute and advance academic and scholarly research within the field;
- Membership is considered prestigious, and those persons respected in the field are members.
- Membership is viewed as necessary for professional development and for attaining professional and personal goals;
- Current members, mentors or influential colleagues encouraged them to seek membership;
- Membership is viewed as a gateway or prerequisite for membership and leadership opportunities in other societies;
- The Triological Society promotes a cross-discipline focus and specialty unity;
- Membership is a way to enhance increased funding opportunities and research grants to expand the field.
“Given that the No. 1 reason listed by the new members is to contribute,” said Dr. Medina, “it behooves us to continue to be creative in finding more opportunities for them to present their work at our meetings.” Another way is for members to contribute to the society’s journal, The Laryngoscope, he added.