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ACEP Membership Challenges. The “Young Physician”. Gary C Starr MD ACEP SA 2009 Chapter Executive Forum Boston, MA. The “Young Physician”. EMRA - 8000 members, 25-30% ACEP YPS - Op. Guide says “1st 10 years” ACEP 2006 Survey “1st 6 years” ACEP member data: 25yo-35yo?. Member Data.

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Acep membership challenges
ACEP Membership Challenges

  • The “Young Physician”

Gary C Starr MD

ACEP SA 2009 Chapter Executive Forum

Boston, MA


The young physician
The “Young Physician”

  • EMRA - 8000 members, 25-30% ACEP

  • YPS - Op. Guide says “1st 10 years”

  • ACEP 2006 Survey “1st 6 years”

  • ACEP member data: 25yo-35yo?


Member data
Member Data

  • Most join in Residency

  • 83% of those who leave do so in 1st 2 yrs (2006 Member survey)

  • 40% of young members feel state chapter not useful. (internal ACEP survey data 25-35yo)


State member data 2005 yps chapter survey
State Member Data(2005 YPS Chapter Survey)

  • 86% do not have YPs serving on chapter special interest groups

  • YPs involved in chapter advocacy efforts - 52% do not, 48% do

  • Most chapters (86%) do not have a strategic plan to address YP membership

  • Over half (55%) do not know the number of YPs in their chapter


Changing demographics
Changing Demographics

  • More Residency Grads

    +

  • Increasing Total EM Physicians (and ACEP members)

Greater relative number of YP

  • Shift towards younger


Problem defined
Problem Defined:

  • Get Young Physicians to become members.

  • Provide enough value to Young Physician to retain membership.


National role models
National Role Models

  • ACEP Young Physician Section (YPS)

    • 1st 10 years of practice

    • many EM Residents

  • EMRA

    • Emergency Medicine Residents

    • Medical Students to a lesser degree


YPS

  • Official Operational Guidelines

    • 3.3 “... to meet, interact and network.”

    • 3.4 Present Educational Programs...

    • 3.5 ...”prepare and present informative [material]”

    • 3.9 “provide a pathway for leadership development within the organtization.”


EMRA

  • 2008 Strategic Plan Updates (partial)

    • Develop Legislative Advocates

      • Web Presence, L&A Conference, 911 Network,

  • Empower Local Representatives

    • Improve communication with State Chapters...

  • Engage Members Locally

    • BOD State Chapter Visits, “Chairs Challenge” expanded to States

  • Revolutionize IT infrastructure


  • Ideas that work
    Ideas That Work

    • ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference

    • State Chapter Sponsored Educational Programs

      • Oral Board Practice, Research symposiums

    • Leadership Positions for YP

      • ACEP Counselor, State ACEP BoD Position, Committee Positions, Sponsor attendance at L&A or Health Policy Mini Fellowship

    • Easily available, relevant, up-to-date, information resource:

      • Website resources, 911 Network, Targeted emails, Publications


    What do yp want
    What do “YP” want?

    • 2008 ACEP Section Member Survey

      • Networking

      • Sharing Information

      • Leadership Development

    • 2005 YPS Survey

      • Increase Networking Opportunities, “Community Building”

      • Increase Leadership Role availability

      • Promote and facilitate what National ACEP already does well


    What do yp want1
    What do “YP” want?

    • 2006 Membership Division Study

      • Representation (State/National)

      • Leadership Development

      • Help with Transitions through various phases of career

      • Networking/Personal Interaction

      • Information: Current Updates, Best Practices, Career Information

    • EMRA data

      • Provide Leadership positions

      • Sponsor attendance to L&A, SA, Other conferences

      • Need better information; ex. State Legislative issues, health reform efforts (Website)


    What to avoid
    What to avoid...

    • Poor Communication

    • Little or no personal outreach

    • Any “Program” that is NOT:

      • Relevant

      • Excellent

      • Convenient

    • Recreating ACEP Resource available elsewhere

    • “Mentorship” program?

      • “...general consensus among section members was that mentorship programs have not worked in the past...” (2004 ACEP YPS Section survey)


    What s a state to do
    What’s a State to do?

    • State “YPS” equivalent

    • ACEP/EMRA Chapter Visits

    • BoD Residency Visits/Lectures

    • Provide significant Leadership opportunities and broadcast them

    • ?Mentorship program?

    • Provide $ sponsorship

      • L&A, Mini-fellowship, SA, SAEM

    • Provide detailed, current info on Local Issues

      • Medical/Legal, State Specific

      • Employment

      • Disaster Management

      • State Advocacy Efforts/Opportunity

    • Interact with EMRA Regional Structure

    • Be a Repository for Local programming, information

      • Conferences, Website, Welcome Pack


    Best practice
    Best Practice

    • FCEP

      • EMRAF, Advocacy, Website, Information Dissemination

    • ICEP

      • Website, Information Dissemination, Research Support, Courses/CME, Leadership Opportunities

    • MCEP

      • EMRAM, Leadership Development Program, Website, CME/Courses, Advocacy, Sponsorships

    • OHCEP

      • EMRO, Leadership Opportunities, Advocacy, CME/Courses

    • PAACEP

      • Website, YP Committee, Courses/CME, Many Leadership Opportunities, Sponsorships


    Final thoughts
    Final Thoughts

    • Develop relationships with your YP population (=true networking)

      • Get them to meetings, Involve them in Advocacy, Collaborate with Existing Groups (ACEP, EMRA, Residencies etc)

    • Find a way to provide more Leadership Opportunity

    • Make your website useful, easy and fill it with current info on:

      • Advocacy, Calenders, State Specific Information, Opportunities, Links

    • Don’t wait for YP to come to you...


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