ATA Members can focus on their areas of expertise by becoming involved
in the activities of any ATA Member Group. Member Groups are the heart
of the Association, spearheading the development of Standards and
Guidelines, creating content-specific networking and educational
opportunities, as well as helping to drive public policy.
ATA Members are free to join Member Groups, at no additional cost.
There are four types of Member Groups within ATA:
- Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
- Regional Chapters
- Discussion Groups (DGs)
- Member Councils*
*Applies to Platinum and Gold Members
Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are organized around clinical
specialties and unique topical areas within telemedicine. SIGs give
members an opportunity to network with peers, promote and support
telemedicine applications within their specialty and provide
authoritative guidance and information to the wider ATA membership.
SIGs maintain regular communication through listservs and conference
calls, sponsor various activities throughout the year and meet in-person
each Spring at the ATA Annual Conference.
ATA currently has 11 active Special Interest Groups:
Regional Chapters are similar to SIGs but are organized around
geographic areas allowing members within a region to communicate and
share information. Chapters may encompass a state, a region or an
Chapters maintain regular communication through listservs and conference
calls, sponsor various activities throughout the year and meet
in-person each spring at the ATA Annual Conference.
ATA's two Regional Chapters are:
Discussion Groups are more informal arrangements, providing a forum for
members to discuss nascent or niche topics within telemedicine.
Particularly active Discussion Groups may be promoted to full SIG
status, with enough membership participation and interest.
Discussion Groups communicate through listservs and conference calls but
may not have as many activities throughout the year as their SIG
counterparts. Discussion Groups convene in-person each spring at the
ATA Annual Conference.
ATA currently has two active Discussion Groups:
Councils are groups based around ATA membership type; as such, they are
open only to individuals and organizations who join ATA at a specific
level of membership. Councils provide a forum where these members can
discuss issue of importance to their collective interests and the
broader industry of telemedicine.
ATA currently has two Councils:
Member Group Materials
- The Source User Policy and Netiquette (2008)
A primer on the policies and community standards to consider when
using The Source and other electronic media to communicate with member