Membership FAQs

You can join online by clicking here anytime through our secure Web site, or you can contact SFMS Membership Department at (415) 561-0850 or email

Membership in the SFMS is open to:

  • Physicians who live and/or work within the City and County of San Francisco, who possess a U.S. doctor of medicine degree (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), or a recognized international equivalent.
  • Resident physicians who are attending an accredited residency or fellowship program in San Francisco.
  • UCSF medical students.

In addition to being part of the preeminent physician organization championing the cause of San Francisco physicians and their patients, as a SFMS member you have access to benefits and programs designed to fit your needs at every stage of your career. Check the Member Benefits section to learn more about the benefits of SFMS membership.

No, we are a unified association, and you must also belong to CMA to be a member of SFMS. We believe the key to our organization’s strength is its excellent collaborative relationships with CMA and other county chapters.

Regular Active (Practicing Physicians): $560 + CMA dues, annually.
Physicians who have earned their doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy degree and are residing in and practicing in the United States.

Government Employed: $280 + CMA dues, annually.

Semi-retired Physician: $280 + CMA dues, annually.
Physicians ages 65 or older and are working 1-20 hours per week.

Retired Physician: Complimentary membership.
Physicians of any age who are fully retired from the practice of medicine.

Resident: Complimentary membership for all physicians enrolled in accredited medical training or fellowship programs in San Francisco.

Medical Student: Complimentary membership for UCSF medical students; no dues are assessed for the duration of medical school.

Dues Class SFMS Dues CMA Dues Total
Regular Active $560 $590 $1,150
Government Employed* $280 $295 $575
Resident Membership is complimentary; no dues are assessed for the duration of residency/fellowship program enrollment.
Medical Student Membership is complimentary; no dues are assessed for the duration of medical school
*To be eligible for Government Employed membership category, the physician must receive 50% of annual compensation from county, state, or federal employer.

Non-discounted annual dues is $1,150, which includes $590 CMA dues and $560 SFMS dues.

Dues discounts are available for qualifying physicians. SFMS/CMA currently offers the following discounts. To determine your eligibility, or to request a membership classification change, please contact SFMS at (415) 561-0850.

  • New member (has never held membership with the CMA): 50% initial discount
  • Government-employed (e.g., SFDPH and SFGH physicians): 50% discount
  • Age 65 years or older and work 20 hours a week or less: 50% discount

SFMS accepts payment by check, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards. There are three options available to members to submit dues payments. You can remit a lump-sum payment, or set up an automatic renewal and/or quarterly installment plan with a credit card. To sign up for automatic renewal or the quarterly installment plan, contact SFMS at (415) 561-0850.

SFMS and CMA dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes, but may be partially deductible as a business expense. 33% of your dues for 2016 cannot be deducted as a business expense for federal income tax purposes.

Certain pages on the SFMS Web site is available exclusively to our members, and require a username and password for access. These pages contain information or tools that are part of the benefit of membership. Members-only pages are often designated with an icon. 

You may change your information in three ways: 

  1. Update your information online by using the online submission form
  2. Email your changes to
  3. Contact the SFMS Membership Department at (415) 561-0850

Members with questions about membership benefits and services can contact the SFMS Membership Department at (415) 561-0850 or email

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