Who is Eligible for Membership?
- Nephrologists who are licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., engaged in the treatment of patients with kidney disease, involved in research activities relevant to kidney disease, or engaged in educational activities related to kidney disease, are eligible to apply for active membership.
- Nephrology practice managers, physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners who are employed by nephrologists who are members of RPA are eligible to join RPA.
- Early Career Physicians who are 40 years and younger and in practice.
- Individuals who would otherwise not be eligible for RPA membership based on the criteria listed above can join as an electronic member. Practicing physicians, administrators and advanced practitioners are not eligible for this membership category.
- Renal Fellows in training are eligible for free membership during training.
Membership applications are available online. Annual membership dues are established by the Board of Directors. Membership dues are as follows:
- $425 Adult and Pediatric Nephrologists
- $275 Practice Managers, Physician Assistants, Advanced Nurse Practitioners
- $200 Early Career Physicians
- $200 Electronic Members
- $100 Retired category Physicians
- $0 Associate category Fellows
Dues for members are as follows:
- Members may join RPA at any time of the year.
- Fellows may apply for associate membership and are exempt from paying dues while in training.
- Membership dues must be submitted with the membership application. RPA will process payments after the application is approved.
- RPA membership dues are payable by January 1 each year. Each RPA member is mailed a dues invoice in late October to allow time to remit payment by the end of the year.
Tax Deductibility of RPA Dues:
Contributions or gifts to RPA are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.
The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 eliminated the deductibility of lobbying expenses for federal income tax purposes. In addition, dues paid to an association are nondeductible to the extent of the association’s lobbying expenditures.
This law applies to RPA dues. The percentage of member dues that is nondeductible is determined by comparing the association’s total dues income with its total lobbying expenditures. According to the law’s definition of “lobbying” expenses, 4% of RPA’s national dues are nondeductible by our members for federal income tax purposes. If you have further questions, please consult a tax advisor.