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Take advantage of the many benefits SLS has to offer, including:


Open access to JSLS, Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons:

A quarterly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that seeks to advance the understanding and practice of minimally invasive, image-guided surgery. Your subscription includes online access to the articles posted on PubMed Central as well as the Case Reports articles posted on the SLS site.


Invitation to internationally known SLS events, with significant discounts on registration, travel, and hotels, including:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Week SLS - SLS annual meeting and Endo Expo: a gathering of experts and practitioners, featuring CME-accredited postgraduate courses, educational and scientific presentations, special topic sessions, technical exhibits, and more.
  • Regional summit - An educational conference focusing on a specific, topical theme or bringing together regional groups of interdisciplinary specialists who practice minimally invasive surgery.


Patient Referral and Free Internet Listing

Free listing on the SLS "Find a Doctor" directory on the Internet at and Physician Members are listed on the SLS website by city and state. The listing includes each member’s specialty, telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as a "hot link" to that member's practice website.


Networking Opportunities

Network with colleagues and experts from various specialties whose common goal is to utilize minimally invasive surgical techniques, through SLS's various conferences and publications.


Leadership Opportunities

As an SLS member you have the opportunity to become more involved with the society, including joining organizing committees to be included in meetings, advisory boards, or the Board of Trustees.


CME and MOC Opportunities

SLS is an accredited CME provider and works to equip its members with state-of-the-science and relevant continuing medical education. New courses will also be applicable for maintenance of certification requirements.

SLS Scholarly Search

"1-Click" access, using the SLS Scholarly Search page, to a wide range of research on your preferred MIS topic.


The ORReady Initiative is endorsed by SLS. Get access to a worldwide, multispecialty initiative to encourage steps that are known to improve surgical outcomes and save lives.

Special Programs for Residents, Fellows, and Other Medical Personnel (Click here to learn more)

SLS provides special programs for residents, fellows, and associated medical personnel, including discounted membership fees, scholarships for the annual meeting/regional summits, and one FREE Master's Class with annual meeting registration.


Special Interest Group (SIG) Committees (Click here to learn more)

Over 20 SIG Committees focus on key areas of laparoscopic surgery, including clinical applications, patient issues and medical education. Committee members interact via e-mail throughout the year. SIG committees present "Laparoscopic Updates" at the SLS Annual Meeting and Endo Expo.


Interaction with SLS Corporate Members and Exhibitors

Meet representatives from companies who invent, develop, and sell new equipment and systems for minimally invasive surgery at SLS conferences. Surgeons can promote standardization, offer practical advice, and make impartial evaluations. SLS corporate members and Endo Expo exhibitors are listed in the "Virtual Exhibit Hall" on the SLS website.

Access to SLS Web Site (

The SLS website provides instant access to the latest scientific, educational, and product information related to minimally invasive surgery. Here you will find informative articles, a CME calendar, the SLS Virtual Exhibit Hall, international award winners, programs geared specifically towards residents, and much more.


SLS TV contains open access educational videos that are available worldwide in multiple formats.


Career Opportunities (Click here to learn more)

SLS is proud to launch their brand new online Career Center. Whether you are looking to advance your career as a minimally invasive surgeon or looking to hire one, the SLS Career Center is the best tool for you. Job seekers can easily upload their resumes and quickly apply for prestigious postings across the USA. Employers can tap into SLS’s highly qualified membership and fill openings swiftly.


Members in the News (Click here to learn more)

SLS announces an addition to our site: “SLS Members in the News” is a new feature of Laparoscopy Today, which will highlight recent accomplishments and milestones of our SLS members around the world.

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