Young Physicians Leadership Alliance (YPLA)
2020 - 2022 Program Application

 Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:59 PM CT 

The Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) is pleased to welcome applications for the 2020-2022 class of the Young Physicians Leadership Alliance (YPLA), a 3-year training program designed to develop leaders and build a leadership community amongst early career physicians. This is an experiential learning program for emerging leaders who have demonstrated leadership potential through their current involvement in the AAP and home institutions. The program includes annual, interactive sessions at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition, intersession webinars, conference calls, and an individual leadership project with guidance from experienced faculty leaders.

Throughout the program, participants are expected to complete readings and assignments prior to learning sessions and remain actively engaged in all virtual and in-person activities. The leadership curriculum will be completed over the 3-year cycle, and graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to become faculty for future iterations of the program.

Applicants must have completed training within 6 months of YPLA matriculation (i.e. graduating trainees may apply). Given the program’s purpose of providing support and education for emerging leaders with immediate leadership needs, ideal candidates will have completed training 2 or more years prior to beginning the program and currently hold a significant leadership role at their institution or with a professional organization.

Time Commitment:

  • In-person half-day session at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition each year for 3 years - future dates, times, and locations presented on the AAP National Conference and  SOECP website
  • Up to three, 1-hour educational webinars per year scheduled based on the group's availability
  • Bi-monthly, 1-hour calls with faculty leaders and 5-6 other participants (coaching group)
  • Pre-work/reading for each in-person session and educational webinar
  • Individual commitment to growth and learning via work on an independent leadership project
Leadership Project Titles/Examples:
  • Standardization of Newborn Care in Military Medical Center
  • Firearm Injury Prevention Screening and Counseling
  • Research in Fellowship Training: A Fellow-led Research Handbook Initiative

If interested, please complete and submit the application below. Applicants must be a member of the AAP and the SOECP. Application deadline is March 1, 2020. Recipients will be notified by April 30, 2020.

The 2020 YPLA session will take place on Friday, October 2 from 7:00am - 12:30pm in conjunction with the  AAP National Conference in San Diego, CA from October 2-6, 2020. For information on future conference dates, refer to the AAP National Conference and SOECP websites.

Attendance & Participation: The curriculum is designed to allow each participant the opportunity to learn advanced leadership skills over the three-year period. In order to take advantage of the full program, attendance is required at each YPLA session and on each webinar and conference call for the duration of the three years. Please secure approval from your employer/supervisor prior to applying for the program. Active engagement and evidence of progressive work on a leadership project during the program is expected.

Financial Support: The AAP, SOECP, and YPLA program are not able to provide financial support for attending the YPLA sessions at the AAP National Conference. Please plan accordingly.

The YPLA Leadership Program is funded through the generosity of the AAP Insurance Program and Kabrita USA.

Applicant Contact Information

We may be mailing you materials in advance of the session. Please provide the preferred mailing address you would like to use for this purpose.

Have you applied to the YPLA Program in the past? *

Leadership Experience & Program Impact

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Applicant Characteristics

As part of the application process, we are collecting information to understand who our members are that are applying to participate in the YPLA. This information will be reported back in summary form to the YPLA Steering Committee and SOECP Executive Committee; no individual information will be identified. You are not required to answer any of the questions below.
What is your gender?
Transgender is an umbrella term that refers to people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. Other identities considered to fall under this umbrella can include non-binary, gender fluid, and genderqueer – as well as many more. Do you identify as transgender?
With what racial or cultural group(s) do you identify yourself? Select all that apply.
Do you have a physical, mental, or emotional disability that causes serious difficulties with your daily activities?
Do you currently work part-time?
Please describe the community in which your primary practice/position is located.
Please indicate your primary employment setting. This is the setting where you spend most of your time.
Where was your medical school located?

Please be sure to submit your complete application form, including your biosketch, by:
 11:59pm Central Time on Sunday, March 1, 2020 

Questions about the YPLA Program or this application can be directed to Kimberley VandenBrook at Thank you!

Note: This program was developed so each participant will obtain advanced leadership skills over the three-year period. In order to take advantage of the full program, attendance is required at each YPLA session during the duration of the three years.