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YPS Governing Council Endorsement/Nomination Criteria

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Endorsing AMA Board of Trustees and Elected Councils Candidates

The Governing Council will consider endorsements of candidates for AMA Board of Trustees and elected Councils who have been nominated by an organization represented in the AMA House of Delegates. Preference will be given to current young physician AMA members, however all AMA members (including non-section members) who have demonstrated a clear history of service to the YPS may be considered at the Governing Council’s discretion.

Only those candidates who are members of the YPS and who complete a YPS endorsement application will be considered in the initial endorsement process. Candidates must submit a formal letter for YPS endorsement, along with their curriculum vitae, letter of nomination from their sponsoring organization and questionnaire on current YPS issues. Candidates have the option to submit a photo. The questionnaire will be updated as needed by the Governing Council.

All applications for the initial endorsement process must be submitted via email by Oct. 15 in the year prior to the election for which endorsement is sought. Applications will be reviewed by the Governing Council during their executive session to be held in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates and decisions will be made at that time on endorsement. Candidates endorsed through this process may subsequently include the YPS endorsement on cards and other promotional materials.

If slots remain available following the initial endorsement process, there will be a second opportunity available for all candidates to obtain an endorsement in the year of the election. To apply for this endorsement, all application materials must be received by the Governing Council no later than Jan. 31 the year of the election for which endorsement is sought. Applications will be reviewed by the Governing Council subsequent to Jan. 31 and decisions will be made on endorsement in a timely manner.

The Governing Council will consider all qualified candidates formally requesting an endorsement from the YPS, but will endorse no more than the available number of positions on the Council or Board. Should an endorsed candidate withdraw from a race, or an additional seat becomes available, the Governing Council reserves the right to make additional endorsements after the defined deadline outlined in the IOP. The Governing Council will consider only candidates with the following qualifications:

  • 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 demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to issues pertinent to the YPS.

The YPS Governing Council will submit an informational report on any endorsements to the Assembly at the YPS meeting just prior to the House of Delegates elections.

Endorsement Process of Appointed Positions

The Governing Council will consider only endorsements of candidates for appointed AMA Councils, Committees, RRCs and the AMPAC Board that have been nominated by an organization represented in the AMA House of Delegates. Preference will be given to current young physicians, however alumni of the YPS Assembly who have demonstrated a clear history of service to the YPS may be considered at the Governing Council’s discretion.

Only those candidates formally asking for an endorsement will be considered.  Candidates must submit to the Governing Council a formal letter for endorsement, along with their curriculum vitae, and the letter of nomination from an organization represented in the AMA House of Delegates. Candidates have the option to submit a photo.

The Governing Council will consider endorsement of all qualified candidates formally requesting an endorsement from the YPS. The Governing Council will consider only candidates with the following qualifications:

  • 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 position sought.
  • Should demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to issues pertinent to the YPS.

Depending on the specific position and the number of vacancies, the Governing Council may consider requests for endorsement as requests are submitted, and candidates will be notified of a YPS Governing Council endorsement in a timely manner.

Nominations for Appointed AMA Councils/Committees/RRCs/AMPAC Board Candidate

The Governing Council may consider nominating a YPS candidate for appointed AMA councils, committees, RRCs and the AMPAC Board. The YPS shall consider only individuals who meet the AMA definition of a young physician at the time a position commences.

Only those candidates formally asking for the YPS nomination shall be considered. Candidates must submit a formal request for nomination, curriculum vitae, letter of support from an organization represented in the AMA House of Delegates, and any other required documents for the nomination committee to the Governing Council for decision. Candidates have the option to submit a photo.

The Governing Council shall consider nominating candidates only with the following experience:

  • Must be an AMA member and be a member of the YPS as specified in AMA Bylaw 7.5.1 at the time a 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 issues pertinent to the YPS.

Depending on the specific position and the number of vacancies, the Governing Council may consider requests for nominations as requests are submitted.  Candidates shall be notified of a YPS Governing Council nomination in a timely manner.

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