The registration of the Society is held in Ankara
- Turkey by the Governorship
concerning the business of the International Executive Committee
The name of this Corporation shall be the Mediterranean
Society of Otology and Audiology. The registered office of MSOA is located in
The purposes of the Society as stated in its Certificate of
To investigate the science and practice of medicine,
prevention, surgery and rehabilitation of diseases and disorders of the ear
and related structures.
To promote the fields of otology and audiology in Mediterranean
To encourage the exchange of knowledge, medical education and
training in otology and audiology, by the sponsoring and holding of lectures,
meetings, symposia in the different Mediterranean countries.
To promote and sponsor co-operative research among otologist,
audiologists and the other professionals in the medical field in order to
prevent, diagnose and treat diseases of the ear and related structures.
To solicit, collect, receive, hold, invest, distribute and
disburse donations, subscriptions, gifts, bequests and other funds for the
purposes of the Society.
To promote friendly personal and academic relationships between
all Otololaryngologistsin the region
ELIGIBILITY AND ELECTION OF MEMBERS
The Society shall have two classes of
Active Member: Any M.D. physician and Ph.D. scientist
a professional interest in, and has made a recognised professional
contribution to the purpose of the society with at least three years of
experience after having completed the residency are eligible for active
membership. In addition, candidates without these degrees but with other
extraordinary professional qualifications may be eligible.
Corresponding members: Any individual qualifying for active
membership foreign to the Mediterranean Countries
Honorary Member: Any member or non-member of the Society who,
in the opinion of the Executive Committee, has made a, significant
contribution to the purpose(s) of the Society.
Candidates to active membership have to be presented by an
active member. The application form should include a current curriculum vita
signed by the proposing active member. Letters of recommendation are not
The President, vice-president and Secretary of the Society will
form the Membership Committee. The purpose of the Membership Committee is to
insure that applications are suitable for presentation to the Executive
Active and Corresponding Members are required to pay dues. The
amount of dues will be determined by the Executive Committee.
Any member that fails to pay the dues for three consecutive
years will be removed from active membership, by the executive committee.
Obvious misconduct will also be considered a cause for membership removal. The
decision will be made by the majority of vote provided there is a quorum.
Each country will be represented by 3 delegates in the advisory
committee. The term for the advisory board members is 4 years. The advisory
board members can be re-elected once. One of the delegates will serve as the
representative of the country in the executive committee. The representative
of the country will be elected by the delegates.
The duties of the Advisory Committee
To promote membership in their countries.
To organise and promote MSOA activities in the corresponding
To notify all active members of any general and regional
meetings held by MSOA.
To communicate to other active members of the country any
decision made by the executive committee.
The management of the affairs and business of the Society will
take place in the Executive Committee. The executive committee wii meet every
two years during the regular scientific meetings. Special meetings of the
executive committee will be called by the president or by any five members of
the executive committee.
The executive committee is formed by one representative of each
The term of office for each executive committee member is four
years.The members can be re-elected once.
The officers of the Mediterranean Society will be elected by
the executive committee.
The officers will be the President, Past-President, Vice
President, Secretary, Treasurer and Academic Chairperson. The officers will be
elected among the members of the executive committee. The term of office will
last four years for all officers with one possible re-election. Any officer
can lose his/her position by a majority of vote from the executive committee
at any given time. In such case the executive committee shall fill the vacancy
by nominating a new officer.
The Officers shall have all the powers of the Executive
Committee of the business affairs of the Society when the Executive Committee
is not in session.
The duties of the officers:
The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the Society.
president will manage the business of the Society and see that the orders
and resolutions of the Executive Committee
are carried out. The president can call a special meeting of the executive
at any given time The site, date and purpose of the meeting will be
notified at least one month in advance to all members of the executive
The Past-President will
support the the President with the experience that he has gained during his
The Vice-President will aid the President in the society’s
business and affairs and will become the president when the active
president’s office comes to an end.
The Secretary will keep minutes of all meetings of the
Executive Committee and working groups. The Secretary will notify all
members of Executive Committee and advisory committee, of the site and dates
of the following meetings. The secretary will also follow the President’s
instructions under his supervision. The secretary can be authorised by the
president to sign any document on behalf of the society.
The Treasurer shall have custody of the corporate funds and
securities and shall keep full and accurate accounts in the business books
of the society. The Treasurer will follow the instructions of the
president or the secretary to manage the society’s business and will give
account of such business during the Executive Committee’s meetings.
Academic chairperson will advise and help the organiser of
the Scientific Meeting with the program. The academic chairperson will see
that the majority of the contributions to the program are presented by
members of the society. All the scientific information displayed in the
website has to be approved by the academic chairperson.
There will be
two types of meetings:
will be held every other year. The site and chairperson of these meetings will
be chosen by the majority of the vote by the executive committee.
with the approval and help of the academic chairperson. The general
meetings will always be held in a country accessible to all members. The
chairperson has the responsibility of providing the society with five percent of
the revenue of the meeting. The executive committee may decide to wave this
payment to support the meeting in exceptional circumstances.
Two or more
Mediterranean Countries can propose a regional meeting that will be approved by
majority of vote by the executive committee. These meetings can not be held in
the same year as the general meeting. Regional meetings are not required to be
held in countries that are accessible to all members.
site, chairperson and program of the scientific
meetings will be mailed to each member by the organising committee.
The meetings will bear at least one
(but preferably more) Key lecture (30-40 minutes plus discussion) at every
The bylaws have been revised and approved by the executive
committee during the business meeting performed in Sliema – Malta, on 05 May
2001. The final form has been edited by the vice president and president of the
society. During the same meeting the following decisions were made:
The Bylaws will come to
effect during the next International Meeting (Madrid 2003)
Next general meeting will be
held in Madrid in the year 2003. This meeting will be chaired by Dr. F. Antoli
The members of the advisory
committee and the representatives of each country in the executive committee
should be elected before the end of year 2002. The list of the components will
be forwarded to the vice president Dr. Nuri Özgirgin before that date.