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Resident Physician Forum
March 24/31, 1999

Resources Available Through the AMA-YPS

Author Affiliations

Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1999;281(12):1142. doi:10.1001/jama.281.12.1142

Physicians leaving residencies and fellowships can remain active within the AMA through the Young Physicians Section (YPS). The AMA-YPS, focuses on the concerns of those physicians in professional practice who are either younger than 40 years or in their first 5 years of practice. The YPS has developed several products of interest to young physicians.

The following publications and products are available at no cost to AMA members from the AMA Department of Young Physician Services:

  • Guide to AMA Services and Resources for Young Physicians Entering Practice. Describes services to help physicians as they enter practice and includes resources on managed care, practice management, career resources, and continuing education.

  • Professional Liability Insurance: Considerations for Young Physicians. Presents basic information so that physicians can make an informed and confident decision about liability insurance.

  • Board Certification: What Every Student and Resident Needs to Know. A lengthy compendium of board certification requirements, pass rates, and other information for residents and medical students.

  • Preparing a Curriculum Vitae and Other Job Search Tips. A short publication with easy tips to help you in your job hunting.

  • Contracts: What You Need to Know. A comprehensive resource publication that includes sample contracts, tips on contracting, finding legal counsel, and where to get further information.

  • Your DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)Number: An Action Plan to Prevent Inappropriate Request by Insurers, Pharmacies, or Durable Equipment Suppliers.

  • Managed Care Curriculum. A slide show designed for presentation by young physicians to medical students or residents. The 50-minute presentation discusses the managed care marketplace, talks about how to manage one's managed care practice, and identifies practice options. The latter lays out in unbiased fashion the pros and cons of each practice setting. Includes text and slides.

  • Emergency Care: Responsibilities and Alternatives. A short publication that provides information on legal and ethical considerations for physicians providing emergency care.

  • Criminalizing Health Care Decision-Making: Recent Developments. A compendium of articles and criminal cases against physicians for their medical decisions.

  • Violence Prevention in the Medical Workplace: Prevention Strategies . Provides information on violence predictors, personal precautions, risk assessment/management, and institutional security and includes model protocols, legislative and legal information, policy statements, institutional standards, addresses of other organizations, and annotated bibliographies.

  • Medical Staff Development Plans: An Impetus for Young Physician Leadership on Medical Staffs . Explains the purposes of these hospital plans and the importance of young physician involvement in them.

  • How Medical Democracy Determines Policy: A Primer. Provides basic information about the AMA-YPS's policy development, which includes writing and formatting resolutions, caucus participation, running for election, and testifying at reference committee hearings.

For more information about the AMA-YPS or any of the above publications, contact the AMA Department of Young Physician Services at (312) 464-4978; or check out their Web page at http://www.ama-assn.org/yps.