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A Conversation with YPS Chair Sandra Williams, DO, FACEP

ACEP Young Physicians Section Chair Sandra Williams, DO, MPH, FACEP, enjoys being an active member of the emergency medicine community. We got to know her better during a recent conversation.

"I graduated from medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, after which I completed residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 2011 and then an ultrasound fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2012. I currently work for UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch) in Galveston. When not working I enjoy traveling; my goal is to visit every state in the country, and I am currently up to 39 states. I also enjoy wine tasting, running and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking."

Why did you decide to run for Chair of the YPS?
"I decided to run for Chair of the YPS to become more involved in ACEP and to encourage many of my colleagues to do the same. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about ACEP as a whole."

What are your goals this year for the Young Physicians Section?
"My goals this year for the Young Physician Section are to engage more members and to improve and strengthen our voice within ACEP."

What are some of the challenges for Early Career Physicians?
"There are many challenges facing the early career physician. First is the fact that we are finally done with school, likely 7 or so years after many of our friends, and have tons of student loan debt. Many are trying to play catch-up with respect to relationships, children and "stuff" in general. We often forget about retirement and planning for the future. Second, many of us are not really prepared for how to choose our first job and wind up looking for our second job a year or two out of residency. The third is trying to balance involvement with local, state and national organizations with your personal and professional life."

How have EMRA and ACEP helped you through your career so far?
"EMRA has been a great help with my career thus far, especially since it helped me find my first job. The books provided by EMRA are items I use every day in my clinical practice."

What would you do if you weren't an emergency physician?
"If I were not an Emergency Medicine Physician I would likely have had a career in meteorology. The weather has always fascinated me."

ACEP 101 - A Guide for Young Physicians

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