Description of ad hoc committees: These transient committees will be formed and dissolved based on need (e.g. projects, manuscripts, repeated and regular events, etc). The activities of each ad hoc committee will be overseen by a standing committee (SC). Applicants will also be able to apply for the role of ad hoc committee Chair—serving as the link between the committee and the Executive Council (EC). The rest of the ad hoc organizational structure will be left to the discretion of each committee itself to determine the best course of action for their specific objectives. General APSA members are also welcome to pursue their interests by proposing their ideas for ad hoc committees to the 2018-2019 APSA President (Audra Iness, email@example.com) for a vote by the EC.
- Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Partnership. The ACTS has graciously given us APSA the opportunity to publish periodic editorials in their journal, the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. ACTS is also open to other innovative ways of involving physician scientist trainees in all areas of the publication process. Apply for this ad hoc committee to help write editorials and develop ways in which ACTS and APSA can partner.
- Interactive Sessions. APSA holds several “Interactive Sessions” throughout the year. These topical discussions are open to our general membership and occur over conference call with the goal of addressing a specific area of trainee interest. Attendees have the opportunity to submit their questions to the moderator through the conference call system. Past sessions have related to issues of grant-writing, physician scientists in the social sciences and humanities, and physician scientist career development. Please visit our website for a list of the recordings. Members of this ad hoc committee will be responsible for choosing the topics for discussion, recruiting speakers, moderating and recording the sessions, and coordinating with the Public Relations Committee for advertisement.
- Mentorship Program. Since 2014, APSA has offered a mentoring program that connects physician-scientist trainee mentors with undergraduate mentees. The Mentorship Program has now grown to over 300 specifically matched mentor-mentee pairs! Join the Mentorship Program ad hoc committee and take part in playing match-maker! Additionally, APSA has secured funding to pursue a research study of mentee outcomes following participation in the Mentoring Program. Members of this committee will help develop and manage this research project. Other responsibilities include following-up with mentor-mentee pairs, developing discussion prompts to facilitate communication between pairs, and maintaining updated records of program participants.
- in-Training Collaboration. in-Training is an online magazine for medical students. APSA has partnered with in-Training to publish an article discussing the various pathways (a “roadmap”) to becoming a physician-scientist. Members of the in-Training ad hoc committee will write this article and develop a summary diagram/infographic of physician-scientist training pathways.
- Medstro. Medstro is a “Collaborative physician & medical student community for connecting, finding mentors, & finding traditional & non-traditional jobs & research opportunities.” APSA has its own Medstro page which has been used to moderate Interactive Sessions, publish Public Relations announcements, connect Annual Meeting attendees with roommates, and host online discussion forums on topics relevant to physician scientist trainees. Join the Medstro ad hoc committee to manage page content, moderate discussions, and develop innovative ways of using this resource.
- Databases. APSA maintains several databases for physician-scientist training programs. These databases are valuable resources because they provide a centralized location to house information regarding various training opportunities. APSA strives to continually update the information in these databases to make them as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible. As our goal is to better serve the trainees accessing these site, members of this ad hoc committee will not only ensure the information is current, but make modifications/improvements to the user interface.
- Clinical Transition Study Guides: Are you a dual-degree trainee (MD/DO-PhD) nervous about returning to M3? Or, are you a M3/M4 who has successfully transitioned from the research to clinical phase of your program? We could use your wisdom to help us develop a marketable set of medical study guides! The goal of this project is to develop a set of study guides or series of lectures uniquely addressing the specific needs of dual degree students as they transition into the clinic. Especially since this is in the early phase of development, we welcome any and all ideas!
- Physician Scientist Trainee Diversity Working Group (PST-DWG): The Physician Scientist Trainee Diversity Working Group (PST-DWG) strives to expand the diversity of the physician scientist trainee community by supporting trainees throughout the PS pipeline—from high school students to residents—an across all medical programs (MD, DO, MD-PhD, DO-PhD). The PST-DWG serves to unify professional and community organizations with the common goal of identifying and addressing challenges facing those underrepresented in medicine and science to, overall, improve physician scientist training practices.