Section spotlight: YPS developing mentorship program, continuing awareness initiatives

December 2019/January 2020 – Vol. 38, No. 11

David S. Cohen, MD, Chair

It is truly an exciting time for the Young Physicians Section (YPS), as we have continued to grow over the past few years under the direction of Daniel C. Chelius, Jr., MD, and Cristina Baldassari, MD. By the formation of four task forces, we have been able to mobilize our constituents and publicize or bring additional benefits to YPS members.

Our Programming Task Force has been successful in the production of several presentations for the AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting and AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. In 2019, our submissions on telemedicine and a comprehensive guide on building an endocrine surgery practice were well attended. For 2020, we have several concepts in active discussion and are in the process of developing a formalized YPS mentorship program to improve the quality of future submissions. This will ideally empower YPS members to submit topics pertinent to young physicians, broadening our section’s impact for future meetings.

Our Engagement Task Force continues to make YPS members aware of benefits and opportunities available to them. Last year, we had several representatives such as wealth management, health, fitness, dietary, parenting, stress management, and contract negotiation participate in our inaugural YPS Wellness Fair. We will continue that and look into collaborative efforts with the Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) to help transition senior residents and fellows into YPS membership.

Our Communications Task Force continues to post pertinent announcements, news, and clinically relevant research on our Facebook and ENTConnect pages. We are actively discussing the creation of a YPS-specific handle or hashtag to facilitate dissemination of information via Twitter. I encourage you to join these groups if you would like to receive this curated information.

Finally, our Practice Management Task Force has relaunched the business management tool kit at https://www.entnet.org/content/yps-resources. This was an effort to make available resources easier to navigate. We also have continued our roundtable discussions and have launched webinars for YPS-specific topics, including contract negotiation and insurance considerations for your physicians. Our next webinar will be on parental leave, and our last topic will be about the business of medicine 101 with coding tips and tricks. We have been asked by the Board of Governors and the SRF to collaborate on additional topics to reach a broader viewership, and we are looking forward to those opportunities. It is our hope that these recordings will also be available as podcasts on your platform of choice.

If you would like to be involved with any task force as a YPS member, please contact me via ENTConnect or email (david.s.cohen@kp.org).