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Young Physicians Section (YPS) Involvement Opportunities

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There are several opportunities for involvement (PDF) in the Young Physicians Section (YPS), from educational events to opportunities for networking and leadership. The following are available opportunities and how to apply.

Join the AMA Young Physicians Governing Council

Special Election: The YPS is currently accepting nominations for the Alternate Delegate position on the section's Governing Council. The term will begin at the close of the AMA Interim Meeting, Nov. 11–15 and run until the close of the AMA 2017 Annual Meeting, June 9–14.

The Governing Council is responsible for directing the activities of the YPS. Members must attend the AMA Annual and Interim Meetings, 1 Governing Council meeting and participate in various conference calls and regular email communication.

Interested candidates must be active members of the AMA and the YPS. The nominee, nominating person or organization must complete a YPS Governing Council Nomination Form (DOC) by Friday, Oct. 14. After that, nominations will be accepted only on Friday, Nov. 11 during the YPS Interim Assembly Meeting.

The nominee must also submit a signed disclosure statement by the published deadline. Self-nominations are accepted.

Terms of office begin at the close of the Interim Meeting. Additional information on positions and duties can be found in the YPS Internal Operating Procedures (PDF).

View the candidates and their statements of interest (PDF).

Available Positions

Alternate Delegate (1 position, elected in even-numbered years)
Term length: 2 years (for a maximum of 2 terms)


  • Represent the YPS in the House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. The delegate has voting privileges in the HOD.
  • Be responsible for organizing the HOD Handbook Review sessions for members of the YPS. 
  • The delegate shall observe deliberations during the Assembly HOD Handbook Review. At the discretion of the speaker, the delegate may ask questions or suggest potential courses of action during the discussion so as to best elicit the will of the assembly.
  • Be responsible for reviewing all resolutions in the HOD, with emphasis on those resolutions forwarded from the YPS, present HOD Reference Committee testimony on resolutions submitted to the HOD, summarize the actions of the HOD as they pertain to the YPS and compile a summary of pertinent HOD actions for distribution to all YPS members.
  • Coordinate Reference Committee testimony and monitor other issues under consideration by the HOD, but not directly being commented on by the YPS Assembly, and have responsibility for articulating a YPS position on resolutions that he or she believes merit YPS testimony or a young physician voice. The delegate shall vote consistent with YPS actions whenever possible, and shall use his or her own best judgment to vote on matters before the HOD in the absence of specific direction from the YPS Assembly or Governing Council.
  • Seek to recruit and maintain AMA members.

Become a Representative in the YPS Assembly

Representatives for the YPS Assembly represent the interests of young physicians and are voting members of the assembly. Representatives may include state federation members, members serving in the military, federal agencies, national medical specialty organizations or professional interest medical associations.

The delegate selected to represent a national medical specialty society in the YPS:

  • Must be a young physician.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the AMA.
  • Should be chosen in a fair and equitable manner allowing open representation.
  • Must represent the interests of the young physician constituency in their particular specialty society.

Apply for voting status in the YPS Assembly and submit information to indicate compliance with the criteria listed above to the YPS Governing Council at [email protected].

Please read the YPS Internal Operating Procedures (PDF) to understand the criteria for representation in the assembly.

Apply for State and Specialty Certification

Each state and specialty medical society, and federal service is allowed 2 Representatives (and no Alternate Representatives) for each 1,000 members of the YPS who are members of the society or federal service.

Submit the YPS Representative Certification Society Contact Information form (also available as a PDF) to complete the certification for your society before Annual and Interim YPS meetings. Contact the YPS at [email protected] with questions.

YPS Convention Committee Positions

  1. Reference Committee: Much of the committee’s work is done prior to the assembly meeting. The committee is composed of 5 YPS representatives, including 1 chair. A main goal of the Reference Committee is to develop a consensus as a committee to accept or not accept "late" resolutions received after the resolution deadline.
  2. HOD Handbook Review Committee: This committee is convened prior to each assembly meeting to review the entire HOD Handbook. A minimum of 2 YPS representatives and 1 Governing Council member are assigned to review items of business referred to each HOD Reference Committee and propose an initial course of action for the YPS (active support, support, oppose, active oppose, monitor).
  3. Credentials Committee: This committee consists of 4 representatives, including 1 chair. Its main responsibilities are:
    • Check-in and credential delegates to the YPS Assembly.
    • For individuals who have not preregistered, determine their ability to be credentialed as voting delegates.
    • Take vote counts during the assembly meeting upon the request of the YPS chair.
    • Distribute, collect and count election ballots.
    • Collect meeting evaluation forms.
  4. Residency Review Committee Positions: The YPS Governing Council nominates young physician candidates who are interested in serving on a residency review committee (RRC). RRCs propose requirements for revising residency program accreditation standards and ensure compliance with standards by individual programs.

    Available RRCs: Allergy and Immunology, Anesthesiology, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Urology.

    Requirements for Nomination:

    • Must be an AMA member and qualify for the YPS (i.e., under age 40 or any age if in the first 8 years of practice following completion of a residency).
    • Must have 2 letters of recommendation. A letter from a specialty society is preferable, but not mandatory.
    • Must be residency trained in the discipline in question.
    • Must be board certified in the discipline in question.
    • Should be active in organized medicine.
    • Should have committee activity of some kind.
    • Should have knowledge of the process of accreditation.
    • Should have an academic appointment, and current or recent experience in the conduct of an accredited residency training program is preferable.
    • Should have knowledge of the AMA as an organization representation the medical profession.

      Contact the Council on Medical Education for more information.

  5. Monitors for AMA House of Delegates Reference Committees: These key individuals "monitor" a specific HOD reference committee and bring back to the YPS caucus an analysis of selected items discussed during his/her assigned reference committee. This helps the YPS delegate and alternate delegate refine testimony on pending issues.

YPS Representation on the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT)

The BOT consists of 21 members, including designated positions for a public member, young physician, resident physician and medical student.

The Governing Council will consider only endorsements of candidates for BOT and elected councils that have been nominated by another organization (i.e., state or specialty society).

Candidates must submit a formal letter requesting endorsement, along with a photo, a copy of their CV, a completed Endorsement Questionnaire (DOC) and a letter of nomination from their sponsoring organization to the Governing Council at [email protected] by Jan. 31, 1 year prior to the election.

Criteria for BOT Nominations:

  • Must be an AMA member at the time the endorsement is requested.
  • Should be active in organized medicine or involved in community or national medical entities.
  • Should have experience related to office sought.
  • Should have knowledge of the AMA as an organization representing the medical profession and an understanding of young physician issues within that organization.

For questions or concerns, please reach out to the YPS Governing Council at [email protected].

YPS Representation on the AMA Councils

There are 7 AMA councils whose functions are specified by AMA Bylaws, as well as the board of directors for American Medical Political Action Committee (AMPAC).

Each comprises member physicians, plus designated seats for resident physician and medical student representatives. Each council selects its own chair and vice chair (or chair-elect) and may adopt such rules and regulations as it deems necessary and appropriate, subject to approval by the board.

Candidates must submit a formal letter requesting endorsement along with a photo, a copy of their CV, completed Endorsement Questionnaire (DOC) and a letter of nomination from their sponsoring organization to the YPS Governing Council at [email protected] by Jan. 31, 1 year prior to the election. 

Criteria for BOT Nominations

  • Must be an AMA member and qualify for the YPS (i.e., under age 40 or any age if in the first eight years of practice following completion of a residency) at the time position commences.
  • Should be active in organized medicine or involved in community or national medical entities.
  • Should have experience related to position sought.
  • Should demonstrate knowledge of young physician issues within that organization.

The YPS Governing Council can nominate or endorse the nomination of young physicians and other physicians campaigning for election to the following councils:

  • Council on Constitution and Bylaws
  • Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
  • Council on Medical Education
  • Council on Medical Service
  • Council on Science and Public Health
  • Council on Legislation
  • Council on Long-range Planning and Development
  • AMPAC Board of Directors

Young physicians are also represented on the Joint Commission. 

Leadership Opportunities Outside the YPS

There are young physician positions available for the Minority Affairs Section, Women Physicians Section and LGBTQ Advisory Committee.

YPS Position on the Women Physicians Section (WPS): The goal of the WPS is to increase the number of women physicians in leadership roles and strengthen the voice of women in organized medicine. This is 1 of 8 positions on the WPS Governing Council, and serves a term length of 2 years, with a maximum of 2 terms,

YPS Position on the LGBTQ Advisory Committee: The committee meets twice per year to advise the AMA Board of Trustees on issues affecting LGBTQ physicians, students and patients, and to help develop strategies to better serve this segment.

YPS Position on the Minority Affairs Section (MAS): The MAS's goals and objectives include increasing the number of underrepresented minority medical students and physicians, providing a forum for networking and advocacy on minority issues, and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. The MAS Governing Council meets 3 times per year.

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