Membership FAQ

Have a question about membership with HRS? Please view the frequently asked questions below.

Becoming a Member of the Heart Rhythm Society

How do I become an HRS member?

Membership applications require:

  1. Completed online application
  2. Pre-payment of annual dues or Fellowship Confirmation Form* and
  3. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae/résumé/biosketch

*If you are a fellow- or scientist-in-training, please apply for complimentary Affiliate membership.

    How long does it take to become an HRS member?

    From the date your completed application is received, please allow at least five business days for application processing. If you are interested in receiving discounts on HRS events and/or products, we recommend that you submit your application at least two weeks before you plan to make your purchase.

    HRS will not refund the difference between the member and non-member rate if you become a member after you register for an event and/or purchase a product at the non-member rate.

    How can I become eligible for discounts on products and courses?

    Only members in good standing are eligible for member discounts. If you are registering for an HRS event (e.g., conference, course, webcast) or purchasing products, your dues must be paid in full at the time of purchase to receive the discount. HRS will not refund the difference between the member and non-member rate to individuals who did not meet the aforementioned criteria at the time of registration or purchase.

    Who is eligible for HRS membership?

    Every heart rhythm professional (e.g., post-doctoral fellow-in-training, physician, physician's assistant, scientist, nurse, technicians, therapists) working in the field of cardiac electrophysiology and/or pacing can apply for HRS membership, provided that the majority of work time is not devoted to marketing and/or sales.

    What are the different HRS membership types and categories?

    HRS has membership categories for physicians, allied health professionals, and scientists.

    HRS has four basic membership types available to eligible heart rhythm professionals:

    • Members: Heart rhythm professionals (e.g., physicians, scientists, nurses, technicians) whose careers demonstrate a commitment to cardiac electrophysiology and/or pacing. Individuals who work for industry are not eligible for this category.
    • Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) Members: Members who have advanced training, certification and commitment to the field of heart arrhythmia may apply for the FHRS designation.
    • Affiliate Members: Eligible physicians-in-training and and postdoc scientists who are currently enrolled in an electrophysiology, cardiology, or related training program may be eligible for complimentary HRS membership.
    • Industry Members: Industry employees who are directly involved in education, research, and engineering, provided that the majority of their time is not devoted to marketing and/or sales.

    Within these types there are up to four different categories:

    • Physicians: Individuals with an MD, DO, or PhD degree (or equivalent) who have completed training and have an interest in pacing and/or cardiac electrophysiology.
    • Scientists: Individuals with a PhD or Eng ScD degree (or equivalent) who have completed training, have an interest in pacing and/or cardiac electrophysiology, and hold a faculty position in an academic institution or its equivalent.
    • Allied Health Professionals: Professional healthcare providers (e.g., physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, technicians, therapists) who are actively involved in the technical aspects of pacemakers/implantable cardioverter devices (ICDs) or the performance of electrophysiological techniques. Individuals must be affiliated with an academic institution or work in a clinical practice setting or their equivalent.
    • Emeritus: Reserved for individuals who have been HRS members for 15 or more years (at least five of which were successive), have reached the age of 65, and have fully retired from active practice. The dues for this membership category are $100 per year. If you meet these requirements and would like to request a change in your membership status, send a written request to membership@HRSonline.org.
    How do I become a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS)?

    Please visit our FHRS page to review the FHRS application criteria and download the application.

    Does HRS offer retired/Emeritus members a reduced dues rate?

    Yes. Emeritus membership is reserved for individuals who have been HRS members for 15 or more years (at least five of which were successive), have reached the age of 65, and have fully retired from active practice. The dues for this membership category are $100 per year. If you meet these requirements and would like to request a change in your membership status, please send a written request to membership@HRSonline.org.

    Does the Society offer group or multi-year membership options?

    At this time, HRS does not have an option for group membership. Members are allowed to pre-pay dues up to two years in advance, thereby locking in the current dues rate at the time of payment. Pre-payment of dues is non-refundable. For more details, please contact the Membership Department.

     

    Online Membership Services

    What is my member ID number?

    Your six-digit member ID can be found on most correspondence from HRS (e.g., welcome letter, weekly issue of Keeping Pace, invoices, mailing label on HeartRhythm Journal) and can be seen once you log in to HRSonline.org. This number may also be referred to as your customer ID. Please note that HRS no longer uses four-digit certificate numbers. If you are unable to find your member ID, please contact the Membership Department.

    Where can I find my login and password?

    Your login is the email address that we have for your account. If you have difficulty logging in, click on the "Forgot Password?" link on the login window. If you attempt to reset your password but do not receive an email message to reset it:

    • If you are member, please contact membership@HRSonline.org or +1-202-464-9855.
    • If you are not a member, please use the contact information that can be found on the particular page or service where you are attempting to log in.
    How do I access HeartRhythm Journal online?

    There are two ways for members to access the HeartRhythm Journal. Non-member subscribers should visit www.HeartRhythmJournal.com. Members may follow the instructions below.

    Via www.HRSonline.org

    1. Log in to www.HRSonline.org.
    2. Click the link that says 'HeartRhythm Journal' to be redirected to the journal website at www.HeartRhythmJournal.com.

    Via www.HeartRhythmJournal.com

    Note: All questions about the HeartRhythm Journal and its website should be referred to Elsevier Publishing at 800-654-2452 or JournalsCustomerService-USA@elsevier.com

    1. Visit www.HeartRhythmJournal.com
    2. If you have previously accessed HeartRhythm Journal online, simply log in using the fields in the upper right-hand corner or click 'Reminder' to send yourself a password reminder.
    3. If you have never accessed HeartRhythm Journal online, click 'Register' in the top right-hand corner.
    4. Enter your email address and click 'Continue.'
    5. Fill in the requested information and click 'Register.'
    6. Click the link to 'Claim Online Access to full text articles' at the bottom of the page.
    7. Select the option that says: 'I receive my subscription through a society membership' and then select 'Heart Rhythm Society.'
    8. Enter your Member ID number and last name and click 'Claim.'

    Note: All questions about the HeartRhythm Journal and its website should be referred to Elsevier Publishing at 800-654-2452 or JournalsCustomerService-USA@elsevier.com.

    If you have previously accessed HeartRhythm Journal online, simply log in using the fields in the upper right-hand corner or click 'Reminder' to send yourself a password reminder. If you have never accessed HeartRhythm Journal online, click 'Register' in the top right-hand corner. Enter your email address and click 'Continue.' Fill in the requested information and click 'Register.' Click the link to 'Claim Online Access to full text articles' at the bottom of the page. Select the option that says: 'I receive my subscription through a society membership' and then select 'Heart Rhythm Society.' Enter your Member ID number and last name and click 'Claim.'

    How do I view/update my profile (e.g., phone, fax, mobile number, address, areas of specialty)?

    Please log in, click 'My HRS' in the login box, and then locate the 'View/Edit My Profile' link in the My Account section.

    Why are the letters CCDS and/or CEPS after my name?

    These designations stand for Certified Cardiac Device Specialist and Certified Electrophysiology (EP) Specialist, respectively, and are conferred upon successful completion of the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE) Exams.

     

    HRS Member Benefits

    What are the benefits of HRS membership?

    Please visit our member benefits page for a full list.

    How long will it be before I receive my member benefits?

    All member benefits begin immediately upon approval of your completed membership application. Once approved, you will receive a welcome email notifying you that your benefits are active and explaining when you can expect to receive the HeartRhythm  Journal.

    Please note that the HeartRhythm Journal is shipped once per month so, depending on your start date, you may have to wait several weeks to receive your first hardcopy of the journal. Online access via the HRS website takes approximately one business day but access via www.heartrhythmjournal.com may take up to six weeks.

    What is the annual cost for Heart Rhythm Society membership?

    Dues fees vary according to your HRS member type. The rates are determined by the HRS Board of Trustees each October. Please select a page below to learn about the current dues fees:

     

    Billing / Dues

    When will I be asked to renew my Heart Rhythm Society membership?

    Heart Rhythm Society members are invoiced annually based on their date of acceptance. You can expect to receive a dues renewal invoice approximately 90 days before your expiration date.

    What happens if I allow my membership to expire?

    Once your membership has expired, HRS provides a 90-day grace period to pay dues. During this time, your benefits will be restricted. After this grace period, benefits are suspended and the membership is canceled.

    Former members are allowed to reinstate membership up to 24 months. Please do not submit a new application. You can rejoin by logging in to https://my.hrsonline.org, clicking "Memberships", and then clicking on your most recent membership.

    If more than two years has passed since your membership expired, you must reapply.

    How may I rejoin once my membership has lapsed?

    If your membership was canceled within the last 24 months, you can rejoin the Society by logging in to https://my.hrsonline.org and clicking on "Memberships" in the left menu. Select the membership item to rejoin.

    What are the different payment options for membership renewal?

    HRS members are invoiced annually based on the date that their applications were approved, and may renew their memberships by the following methods:

    Online: log in to https://my.hrsonline.org, click on "Memberships" and then click on your most recent membership item Phone: call the Membership Department at +1-202-464-9855

     

    If you need to make a payment by wire transfer, please contact the Membership Department.

    • Fax: +1-202-464-3401
    • Mail: Heart Rhythm Society, P.O. Box 712, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 USA
    How can I pay my dues online?

    To complete the steps below, you will need your login information and a valid credit card. Your username is the email address that we have for your account. If you have difficulty logging in, please first try the "Forgot Password?" link on the login page. If you are unable to log in after that, please contact the Membership staff at membership@HRSonline.org or +1-202-464-9855.

    1. Visit www.HRSonline.org and enter your member login and password using the Login panel in the upper right corner of the screen. 
    2. After you log in, you will see your name appear in the upper right corner of your screen. Click on your name and then on the "My HRS" link.
    3. Click on the "Memberships" navigation item in the left menu.
    4. Click on the membership item to renew.
    5. Please fill out the resulting secure payment form with your credit card information.

    Please check your email to further confirm the transaction and to review your receipt.

    What is HRS’s refund policy?

    HRS does not allow either full or partial refunds of membership dues.

    Does HRS charge an application processing fee?

    Most applicants do not incur application processing fees. However, HRS charges a $75 application fee for partial applications that are not completed within 60 days. Applicants who submit incomplete applications (missing application form, payment, fellowship letter, or CV/resume) are emailed immediately upon receipt of the application, at 30 days, and at 60 days with notification of the applications incomplete status. After 60 days, the application is closed and a $75 fee assessed.

    Why was my payment processed (e.g., credit card charged, check deposited) before I received word of my application status?

    HRS's application process requires that dues are pre-paid before the application is submitted for approval. Therefore, there is a brief delay (usually no more than five business days) between when a payment is processed and notice of membership approval/denial.

    What happens to my pre-payment if my membership is declined?

    When a membership application is declined, the applicant is notified via email. A full refund is issued but usually takes approximately two business days to post to your bank/credit card account.