Section on Early Career Physicians
Young Physicians Leadership Alliance (YPLA)

Senior Faculty Application

 Application Deadline: January 31, 2020, 11:59 PM CT 

The Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) is pleased to welcome senior faculty leader 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. The YPLA 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.

As a senior faculty member in the program, you will partner with an early career faculty member to develop specific sessions that will be presented at the NCE and/or during an intersession webinar. Examples of topics presented include: graceful self-promotion, building and leading effective teams, negotiating essentials, change management, and giving/receiving effective feedback.

Beyond your teaching role, you will also serve as a mentor/coach for a specific group of program participants. You will again partner with an early career faculty member to serve as a faculty team supporting the individualized leadership development of a group of six (6) participants. Together, you will use mentorship and coaching skills to engage with your assigned participants during a session at the NCE and on quarterly conference calls to advance the participants' work on an individual leadership project and to address leadership challenges associated with this project work. You will also provide individual mentoring/coaching to the participants in your coaching group to discuss issues related to their career goals as a leader. Faculty training on coaching skills will be provided to support your own development and further ensure the success of the program.

The first session of this three-year commitment will take place in conjunction with the AAP NCE in San Diego, CA, on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 7am-12:30pm. For information on future conference dates, refer to the SOECP and AAP National Conference websites. The AAP will provide travel support for expenses for attending this meeting, as well as the meetings in 2021 and 2022. Further details will be provided upon selection.

If interested, please complete and submit the application below. Applicants must be an active member of the AAP for the full duration of the program.

Please note: The YPLA curriculum is designed to optimize participants’ education in leadership development over the three-year period. In order to provide the best experience for our participants, active engagement is expected of faculty. Therefore, faculty attendance is required at all YPLA National Conference sessions and on every webinar/conference call for your assigned group for the duration of the appointment. You are also required to hold the individual coaching conversations described above. 

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

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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 for faculty positions 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?

If you have any questions about the YPLA or this application, please contact Kimberley VandenBrook at Thank you!

 This application is due January 31, 2020 11:59pm Central Time.