The ASPS Young Plastic Surgeons Forum (YPS) is a diverse community and resource for young plastic surgeons which provides opportunities for networking, sharing of ideas, political advocacy and leadership development.
Acting as a liaison between plastic surgeons in the early stages of their careers and established ASPS Member Surgeons, the YPS Forum facilitates opportunities for young plastic surgeons to become involved in the Society, fostering an openness to new ideas and fresh perspectives while having fun.
All plastic surgeons who are under the age of 42 and/or have been in practice for fewer than five years are considered "young plastic surgeons."
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up to be part of the YPS Forum?
All eligible young plastic surgeons comprise the YPS Forum. So if you are a plastic surgeon, are under the age of 42, and/or have been in practice for less than five years, YOU are a part of the YPS Forum.
What is the difference between the YPS Steering Committee and the YPS Forum?
The YPS Steering Committee is composed of members of the YPS Forum who have volunteered to take on the organizational and leadership roles in the organization. It is an official committee to which you must be appointed by the regular ASPS committee selection process.
The YPS Steering Committee works to bring information on ASPS/PSF to residents and young plastic surgeons and encourage their professional development through membership in ASPS. Participation on a subcommittee is an opportunity for young members to become involved in ASPS. The committee also promotes a YPS auditor program inviting young surgeons to audit committees of interest.
What does the YPS Steering Committee actually do?
- The YPS Steering Committee hosts and plans a number of activities at the Annual Meeting:
- The YPS Forum Lunch (which is open to YPS Forum members.)
- The Residents Day
- The Breakfast of Champions Session
- The Fresh Faces panel presentation
- The Medical Students Day
- The YPS Steering Committee awards the Young at Heart Award at the Annual Meeting
- The YPS Steering Committee also provides input to the Practice Management Education Committee on programming for the annual Senior Residents Conference.
- The Publications workgroup writes and edits the YPS Perspectives pages of PSN.
- The Advocacy workgroup participates in AMA activities and encourages participation in advocacy efforts spearheaded by ASPS.
- The YPS Steering Committee members are often called upon to be a part of task forces, committees, and workgroups. They are asked to provide input on other timely issues and projects of the Society. Most Steering Committee members serve on a number of ASPS committees.
How do I apply to be on the Steering Committee?
The members-only side of the ASPS website has a link to committee applications which usually have a deadline of July 1st annually. Simply fill out the committee application and check the YPS Steering Committee box. Include an explanation on why you want to be on the YPS Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is appointed annually and the term begins at each ASPS Annual Meeting.
What if I am not on the YPS Steering Committee? How do I become involved?
You don't need to be on the Steering Committee to be involved in the ASPS YPS.
- Getting involved is easy - just contact any of the subcommittee chairs. For example, if you are interested in writing articles for YPS Perspectives, contact Farzad Nahai; or if you would like to become involved with organizing Resident's Day, contact Adam Rubinstein.
- Another way is to show up at the YPS Forum at the Annual Meeting. Make sure to introduce yourself to one of us and let us know you are interested in serving. Stick around for our Steering Committee meeting to see what we do - who knows, we could put you to work right there. There is always work to be done and volunteers are always welcome.
- If you are interested in one of the other ASPS Committees:
- Apply directly to the committee online by filling out a committee application. Deadlines are posted online.
- If you've missed the deadline this year and are interested in a specific committee, contact Lynn Jeffers about the YPS Auditor program. This program allows assigned YPS members to audit appropriate committees to provide an introduction to ASPS committee work and that specific committee.
- Perhaps you have a new idea or have an idea to improve membership, advocacy, programs, etc. Contact us and we will do what we can to help put those ideas into action.
YPS Steering Committee
- The YPS Steering Committee works proactively to bring information on ASPS/PSEF to residents and young plastic surgeons and encourage their professional development through membership in ASPS.
- Career resources for young plastic surgeons with information on job searches, starting and marketing a practice, financial, insurance, and legal issues.
- Written by the members of the YPS Forum, YPS Perspective addresses current topics in plastic surgery from the viewpoint of young plastic surgeons.
Active Membership Process (United States and Canada)
- Steps for plastic surgeons to become active members in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Young at Heart Award
- The Young at Heart Award recognizes leaders who serve as an inspiration for young plastic surgeons.