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.

Any Academy member may nominate a Young Physician they feel makes an IMPACT and exemplifies the ideals of what all young physicians should aspire to be. Please provide a narrative vignette illustrating what sets this individual apart. Application dates will be announced in the Spring and awarded at the YPS General Assembly at the Annual Academy Meeting.

Submit your nomination by March 15.

  • The nominees must be AAO-HNS members in good standing.
  • The nominees will qualify on the basis of excellence in one or more categories, including:
  1. Education
  2. Service to their Community
  3. Service to their Profession
  4. Humanitarian Work
  • The nomination packet requires full contact information for both the nominee and the nominating YPS member, as well as a nominating paragraph of up to 325 words.

*Winning Vignettes presented at the YPS General Assembly during the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience will be considered for publication in the Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Journal.

2021 YPS IMPACT Award

The inaugural awardee is Yi-Chun Carol Liu, MD. She is an attending physician, otolaryngology, at Texas Children’s Hospital and is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, both located in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Liu exemplifies the traits of a remarkable young physician who makes an impact in the field. Although still early in her career, she already is a pioneer in the field of pediatric otology. She placed the first Bonebridge bone conduction hearing implant in a pediatric patient. Using 3D printing and modeling, she also took the time to demonstrate the procedure and her preoperative planning process with her three fellows.

Dr. Liu’s nomination notes that she is an inspirational teacher. She is committed to teaching and education and works to help her trainees hone their intraoperative decision-making and technical skills. She tailors her instructional techniques for the needs of each student and focuses on areas of improvement so fellows and trainees are set up for success.

Within the Academy, Dr. Liu has been an active member of the Young Physicians Section (YPS) and the Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Section. She is the Chair-elect for the 2020-2021 YPS Governing Council and will assume the role of Chair in October 2021. In WIO, Dr. Liu serves on the Leadership Development and Mentorship Committee and the Communications Committee.

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