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Young Physicians


Section Officers & Staff

Michael Ruzek, DO
John Corker, MD
Immediate Past Chair
Jessica Best, MD
Benjamin Karfunkle, MD
Alternate Councilor
Nnenna Ejesieme, DO
Legislative Advisor
Puneet Gupta, MD, FACEP
Whitney Faulconer , DO
Board Liaison
Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP
Staff Liaison
Valerie Hunt
Staff Liaison
Jordan Grantham


YPS Session at ACEP20: "How will COVID-19 affect our financial future?"


You're invited: James Dahle, MD, FACEP, is our YPS keynote speaker for ACEP20! He’ll be speaking during our YPS Leadership Summit, noon-2 p.m. on Oct. 26. Dr. Dahle will discuss the financial impact of COVID-19 on our finances, followed by a crowdsourced Q&A. Have some financial questions you’d like him to tackle during the session? Submit your questions through this online form.

The live events, including special guest Dr. Anthony Fauci and our very own YPS session with Dr. Dahle, are happening Oct. 26-29. Register today.


2020 Candidate Chats

As part of our mission to advocate for young physicians within emergency medicine, YPS officers conducted one-on-one candidate chats via Zoom with the physicians who are running for ACEP President-Elect and the ACEP Board of Directors. We asked them questions relevant to many young physician concerns. Watch the interviews or read the show notes.


Get the Latest YPS News and Resources

YPS publishes a monthly e-newsletter, What's Next, with original content written by young physicians, for young physicians. It's a great way to stay updated on YPS activities and initiatives. What's Next won the 2019 ACEP Section award for Best Section Newsletter!

Read What's Next

New Webinar: ED of the Future

YPS and EMRA hosted a webinar on June 30, 2020 to discuss the future of the emergency department and whether the hospital-based model is becoming outdated. Check it out!

ED of the Future: Is the Hospital-Based ED Outdated? from EM Residents' Association (EMRA) on Vimeo.


Virtual Policy Primer

YPS and EMRA hosted their first-ever Virtual Health Policy Primer on April 26 in advance of ACEP's Virtual Hill Day on April 28. View the HPP virtual lectures



YPS News from ACEP19

The Young Physicians Section hosted an excellent Leadership Summit during ACEP19, electing the following new officers:

  • Chair-Elect: John Corker, MD
  • Alternate Councilor: Nnenna Ejesieme, DO
  • Secretary: Whitney Faulconer, DO


YPS won two section awards in 2019! The YPS Newsletter, What's Next, won for Best Section Newsletter, and the section was recognized with the "Service to the College" Award. 


Meet Your New YPS Chair

Profile: A Conversation with Michael A. Ruzek, DO, FACEP

ACEP Young Physicians Section Chair Michael A Ruzek, DO, FACEP loves to travel and enjoys being an active member of the emergency medicine community. We got to know him better during a recent conversation.

Ruzek earned his BA (biology) from the Rutgers University before going to medical school at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his emergency residency at Morristown Medical Center. He now serves as the Medical Director of the emergency department at Capital Health-Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ.

Why did you decide to run for Chair of the YPS?
I strongly believe the involvement of our young physicians is key to the future success of our specialty. I believe in organized medicine and the ability to make a difference, especially when we work together. After my involvement with EMRA, I knew I wanted to stay involved with ACEP. What it takes is showing up! I have been honored to be one of the youngest physicians elected to the board of directors of our state chapter in NJ. I have also had the privilege of serving as a counselor for NJ. I am inspired by the youth of emergency medicine and want to work with other young leaders to help educate and motivate our peers.

What are your goals this year for the Young Physicians Section?
As YPS chair, I would like to continue to work on engaging other young physicians. I am looking forward to working with our leadership team to provide YPS members with leadership, educational and life tools to help guide EM physicians from residency into their first years out of practice.

What are some of the challenges for Early Career Physicians?
I feel that the stakes for young physicians are higher than ever. The challenges that we face in emergency medicine have the potential to reshape our specialty. Young physicians have the most at stake. The decisions that are made today will affect our young physicians for span of their career. That is why it is vital to understand organized medicine and its purpose. 

How have EMRA and ACEP helped you through your career so far?
As an EM resident I served on several EMRA committees. I also served as the resident representative to our NJ-ACEP state chapter. I now have the honor to be one of the youngest physicians elected to serve on our NJ-ACEP board of directors. I have also served as a counselor for NJ, which has taught me parliamentary procedure. I have met countless leaders in emergency medicine by just being present. Being involved always opens a door to something else. Through my EMRA, YPS and ACEP experience, I feel we have the ability to influence positive change in emergency medicine!


ACEP 101 - A Guide for Young Physicians

A valuable resource for any physician - particularly those new to the practice of emergency medicine, ACEP 101 - A Guide For Young Physicians, 3rd Edition features information on all aspects of ACEP, ranging from an explanation of the various membership categories to an overview of the ways ACEP can help each physician's professional and personal development.

See what ACEP can do for you, and explore opportunities for members at both the state and national level.

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