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The Young Physicians Section is composed of all members of the Academy who are under 40 years of age OR within the first eight years of professional practice after residency and/or fellowship training. All members meeting these criteria are automatically members of the YPS.

New! YPS Toolkit

Curated by young physicians for young physicians, this members-only resource is your one-stop shop for Academy articles, guidance, webinars, podcasts and more relevant to those with less than 8 years in the profession. See it here

Educational Webinar for Young Physicians

Healthcare attorney Nita Garg discusses Your First Employment Contract – What You Need to Know. The webinar was hosted by the Young Physicians Section on June 24.

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About The Young Physicians Section

The Young Physician Section strives to be the professional home for Academy members who are under 40 years of age or within the first eight years of professional practice after residency and fellowship training; foster a community and a sense of belonging; allow for an on-going dialog among young physicians and with the Academy; and provide opportunity for an increased number of young physicians to engage in leadership and committee roles on unique young physician relevant issues. For all YPS-related inquiries:

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Governing Council, elected by their peers prior to the 2020 YPS Virtual General Assembly.

2020-2021 Governing Council:


  • Nausheen Jamal, MD.  University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine


  • Yi-Chun Carol Liu, MD. Texas Children’s Hospital 


  • Nikhila P. Raol, MD, MPH.  Emory University


  • Manan Shah, MD.  Advanced ENT & Allergy Center

Nominating Committee

  • Claire M. Lawlor, MD. Children’s National Health Center
  • Matthew Smith, MD. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Immediate Past Chair:

  • David S. Cohen, MD.  Southern California Permanente Medical Group

2020-2021 YPS Delegates:

BOG Governor, Governance and Society Engagement Committee:

  • David S. Cohen, MD.  Southern California Permanente Medical Group

BOG Alternate Governor, Socioeconomic & Grassroots Committee:

  • Kristan P. Alfonso, MD.  Emory University

BOG Alternate Governor, Legislative Affairs Committee:

  • Boris Paskhover, MD.  American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS) Liaison:

  • Lyndy J. Wilcox, MD.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center

2020-2022 YPS Delegates:

American Medical Association (AMA) Young Physicians Section (YPS) Delegate:

  • Michael Schlewet, MD. Carney Hospital

ENT PAC Delegate:

  • Ann W. Plum, MD. State University of New York Medical Center Downstate Medical Center


Are you ready to make a difference?

Each year, the YPS seeks candidates to apply for officer on the YPS Governing Council and as Appointed Delegates. Dates for 2021 elections will be announced in early Spring.

Learn more about YPS positions and work groups here

YPS Model Mentor Award

Having good a mentorship is important to every phase of a physician's career, but perhaps never more critical than in the earliest years out of training. Recognizing the key role that expert mentorship plays in a young physician's success, the YPS established the Model Mentor Award. Stay tuned to announcements for application openings in the Spring.


YPS Impact Award

Young physicians are often overlooked or not qualified enough for many of the awards available in our specialty, yet many young physicians are quite remarkable with regards to the impact they have on education, service to their community, service to their profession and humanitarian work. As the YPS, we would like to recognize these individuals for not only the work they achieve, but also for the inspiration they provide to others.  Click here for additional information and to submit a nomination.