Young Physicians Section (YPS) leadership opportunities

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The Young Physicians Section (YPS) provides various opportunities for members to take on leadership roles and make a positive impact on patient health and the medical profession.

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The YPS liaison to the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the AMA Council on Medical Education (CME) supports collaboration between the section and the council. This one-year position allows for sharing issues of concern for young physicians. The YPS liaison will be responsible for attending various CME and YPS Medical Education Committee meetings. Application forms (DOCX) are due to the YPS at [email protected] by Aug. 24.

If you would like to get more involved in organized medicine, consider running for an open seat on the YPS Governing Council during a special election at the 2023 Interim Meeting.

Nominations are being accepted for the YPS member at-large who will serve an unexpired term until the close of the 2024 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates.

Nomination forms (DOC) are due Oct. 21. After this date nominations will be accepted only during the 2023 YPS Interim Assembly Meeting.

Additional information on the position and duties can be found in the YPS Internal Operating Procedures (PDF).

The YPS Governing Council solicits AMA member young physicians who are interested in being considered for AMA nominations for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) review committees (RCs). RCs propose requirements for residency program accreditation standards and ensure compliance with standards by individual programs.

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ACGME RCs to which the AMA nominates:

Allergy and Immunology, Anesthesiology, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics and Genomics, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Urology, Transitional Year and Institutional.

Position descriptions and AMA nomination applications for current opportunities are posted in the Council on Medical Education leadership opportunities page.

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.

Petition for YPS representation

Each state/specialty medical society represented in the HOD is entitled to representation in the YPS Assembly at a rate of two voting representatives for every 1,000 young physician members of the society who are members of the AMA. Societies with unified membership are entitled to two additional voting representatives.

Each federal service represented in the HOD is entitled to two voting representatives in the YPS Assembly.

Review how many representatives have been allocated to each state and specialty society for the 2023 YPS Assembly:

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

Reference Committee

Much of the committee’s work is done prior to the assembly meeting. The committee is composed of five YPS representatives, including one 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.

HOD Handbook Review Committee

The committee is convened prior to each assembly meeting to review the entire HOD Handbook. A minimum of two YPS representatives (one representative will serve as chair) and one 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) and draft testimony for items with active positions.

Credentials Committee

The committee consists of four representatives, including one 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.

The YPS currently has four standing committees:

Medical Education Committee

This committee focuses on new developments in continuing medical education and maintenance of certification.

Innovations Committee

The goal of the committee is to help physicians who are interested in innovative ideas connect to each other and the companies developing them.

Strategy and Leadership Committee (SLC)

The SLC focuses on YPS leadership development and mentoring and elevating YPS members within the HOD and leadership.

Value-Based Care Committee

The charge of this committee is to educate the YPS on value-based care issues as well as seek to potentially introduce, or speak to, resolutions on value-based care policy.

To volunteer, please contact [email protected].

YPS Governing Council endorsement/nomination criteria

For more information on how AMA candidates can receive an YPS endorsement/nomination, visit the YPS Governing Council endorsement/nomination criteria page.