RPS/YPS Joint Newsletter April 2011
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In This Issue:
RPS Year in Review
YPS Update
Intro to the New RPS GC
Call for ACPM committees

President Reviews Past Year in RPS

by Samuel Peik, Past President, RPS

This year the RPS experienced some exciting new developments. Our major accomplishment involved publishing a monthly newsletter (which you are now reading), which covers section news, policy issues, and current events relevant to Preventive Medicine residents and ACPM. We also improved communication through expanded use of the section's Facebook site and policy statements and comments on several issues important to RPS.

The Governing Council also assisted in the development of sessions and social activities for PM 2011, which were highly successful. Collaboration between the MSS, RPS, and YPS was intensified through joint efforts, including newsletters and the production of a webinar featuring Preventive Medicine at AMSA's National Primary Care Week. Partnership was initiated with the resident section of the National Specialty Society for Community Medicine, our parallel organization in Canada. The section also experienced a modest growth in membership, and now numbers over 250 members.

As I officially pass on the duties of the GC to the new officers, I am excited to see these new developments continued and look forward to seeing what new initiatives the council develops. In my opinion the RPS has never been stronger or more active. Thanks to everyone who made this year a success!

You might be a Young Physician

by Patrick Keller, Committee Chair, YPS

All members and affiliates of the ACPM are members of the Young Physician's Section (YPS) if they are within 8 years of graduating their last residency or under 40 years old. If ACPM does not have a member's date of birth or date of residency completion on file, that member might not be informed they are a YPS member. YPS membership comes without any application or extra cost.

The YPS represents the interests of young physicians to the ACPM board through the position of YPS Regent. The YPS also contributes to the careers track at the annual conference and works jointly with the Resident and Medical Student sections to organize speakers, and social events.

As YPS gets underway this year we find the field of preventive medicine under great strain and experiencing challenges as well as opportunities. We hope to build on the relationships and programs built by last year's YPS and work in concert with the other ACPM committees. We also hope to get to know the membership and reach out to understand the needs and issues that intertwine with your practice, career opportunities, and the future of our specialty. Please contact us with any interest or issues you wish us to address.

It is not too late for you to get involved. The YPS Committee met and elected officers during the recent ACPM meeting in San Antonio. While the current officer positions are filled there are several other committee members who are enthusiastic about preventive medicine and currently serving the committee without an elected title. If you are also interested in serving on the YPS committee or have any questions please send me a message.

YPS Committee Chair:

Patrick Keller MD, MPH, FACPM, Major United States Air Force Deputy Chief of AF Health Promotion and Trainee Health Program Manager, Air Force Medical Operations Agency

YPS Governing Council:

Chair Elect: Tisha Titus MD, MPH; Past Chair: Sami Beg MD, MPH; AMA Delegate: Padmini Ranasinghe MD, MPH; Secretary: Robert Oldham, MD, MPH; AMA Alternate Delegate: Demetrius Moutsiakis MD, MPH; and YPS Regent to the ACPM Board of Regents: Wendy Braund, MD, MPH

Introduction to the NEW RPS Governing Council

Jeff Tzeng, DO, MPH - President

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Ashley Maltz, MD, MPH - Executive Vice President

University of Texas Medical Branch

Crupain, MD, MPH - Vice President for Policy and Education

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD - Vice President for Membership and Recruitment

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Aisha Rivera, MD - Secretary/Treasurer

University of Maryland

For more information on the new Governing Council, check out their bios and pictures on the RPS website.

Join ACPM Committees!

One of the best ways you can get involved in ACPM is to join one of the many available committees. In particular, there is a need for volunteers on the Preventive Medicine 2011 Planning Committee. RPS Member Raul Mirza has taken the chair of the Career Development sub-track and is looking for members to help. The task of this track is to develop programming for sessions at PM 2012 that will be of interest to medical students, residents, and young physicians.

If interested, contact Raul at Other ACPM committees can be found on the ACPM Website. We encourage you to join committees to make a difference in the college and the specialty!

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