August 16, 2023

Step Into a Leadership Role

You can help guide our specialty into a brighter future by grabbing your seat at our table of YPS leaders. This is a pivotal time for emergency medicine, and your input matters. Our officers get to voice concerns and suggestions on behalf of their fellow young physicians both formally (through ACEP’s Council) and informally (through their direct pipeline to the Board).

As we move into the 2023-24 season, our Young Physicians Section is accepting candidates for three open positions on its executive committee: Chair-Elect, Alternate Councillor and Secretary. Scroll down for descriptions of each role and how to submit your information if you’re interested in becoming a leader in the Young Physicians Section. We’ll be conducting elections virtually this year directly after ACEP23 in Philadelphia, and terms start in Nov. 2023. Applicants need to be fellows or attendings when they assume the role to be eligible for an officer role.

On the fence about getting more involved? Here are some reasons we think you should!

  1. We have a seat at the table. Many of the decisions made by the ACEP Board and Council will affect our careers for years to come. Don’t you want to have a say? Our leadership team gets to weigh in through multiple channels, including having two spots on the Council (Councillor and Alt Councillor) and staying in direct communication with the Board liaison to our section, who also serves as the Vice President of the Board. 

  2. We are a leadership pipeline.  For many of our past leaders, YPS helped kickstart a career of leadership in our specialty. Past YPS officers have become ACEP presidents, chapter presidents, NEMPAC board members, committee leaders and more. Our section is a great place to get your feet wet and figure out what other roles might be perfect for you.

  3. We believe volunteering should be flexible and fun! You’ll join a motivated and supportive group of your peers who agree that it’s totally OK to take calls from the car and have babies on your lap. The life of a young physician is a busy one, and our leaders know how to get work done efficiently and with good humor.

  4. We have a winning record. Our section is proud of its recent recognitions.  In 2022 and 2021, we were recognized with the Outstanding Newsletter Award. In 2021, we also received the Service to the Section Award for our new EM LIFERS web series. Our goal is to provide value to our members, and we welcome new leaders with fresh ideas for how we can support our fellow YPs.

  5. We’re here to help. There is one thing that unites all of us, and that’s our problem-solving nature. We want to help. Getting involved in ACEP is a way to make a positive impact because it amplifies our own impact. And it’s not just our advocacy work through the Council and ACEP’s federal and state efforts – we make a difference in smaller ways too. We write articles and create resources designed to help our peers navigate common challenges – contract negotiationjob searchesparenthoodmental healthfinances and more.

Learn More About YPS Roles

The YPS Chair serves as the leader of the section and liaison between the ACEP Board of Directors & YPS. The Chair runs all YPS meetings in collaboration with the staff liaisons, helps advance section priorities. Each Chair has a one-year term and must serve as chair-elect the year before. 

Immediate Past Chair

The Immediate Past Chair serves as an officer on the YPS executive committee, advising the new Chair as needed. The Immediate Past Chair serves a one-year term.

Chair Elect (OPEN for 2023)

The Chair-Elect serves as an officer on the executive committee, learning from the chair and attending all meetings with chair. Chair elect is a one-year term that also involves overseeing the Young Physician Leadership Society selection and recognition process. 

Councillor (filled) and Alternative Councillor (OPEN for 2023)

Both the Councillor and Alternate Councillor represent our section at the annual Council Meeting. Each role serves a one-year term, with the Alternate Councillor advancing to Councillor after his/her term as Alt. Councillor. 

Legislative Advisor

The YPS Legislative Advisor stays in tune with EM-related advocacy news and informs section of new policies and health policy updates. The role is a two-year term that involves writing a legislative update for each YPS newsletter, sent to all YPS members 6 times per year. 

Secretary (OPEN for 2023)

The Secretary works in collaboration with the Chair to create the agenda and record minutes for each YPS meeting. The Secretary serves as editor of the YPS newsletter and oversees website content in collaboration with YPS staff liaisons. Secretary is a two-year term.


How to Apply

Please fill out this online form with your candidate statement and attach your CV.

If we have more than one candidate for the roles, we'll have a virtual election. Interest letters are due Sept. 30, 2023. 


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