A Conversation with YPS Chair Jessica Best, MS, MD
ACEP Young Physicians Section Chair Jessica Best, MS, MD, is a foodie who loves to travel and enjoys being an active member of the emergency medicine community. We got to know her better during a recent conversation.
Best earned her BA (biochemistry) and MS (chemistry) from the University of Colorado before going to medical school at St. George's University. She did her residency at UT-Austin and completed the Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Why did you decide to run for Chair of the YPS?
I believe in organized medicine and the ability to make a difference, especially when we work together. After my involvement with EMRA, I knew I wanted to stay involved with ACEP in some capacity. What it takes is showing up! I ran for YPS secretary my first year out of residency, and now I am working my way up the ranks. I am inspired by the youth of emergency medicine and want to work with other young leaders to help educate and motivate our peers.
What are your goals this year for the Young Physicians Section?
As YPS chair, I would like to continue to work on engaging other young physicians. I am looking forward to working with our leadership team to provide YPS members with leadership, educational and life tools to help guide EM physicians from residency into their first years out of practice.
What are some of the challenges for Early Career Physicians?
Learning how to manage finances. Balancing work, family and friend obligations. Fitting into a new job. Understanding organized medicine and its purpose.
How have EMRA and ACEP helped you through your career so far?
I was a resident in a new EM program. In my first year I became the EMRA program representative, and in my second year I became the chair-elect of the EMRA education committee. I worked with my chair on projects such as the creation of EMRA 20:6. I was placed on the ACEP educational meetings sub-committee as the EMRA liaison, I will now spend my fifth year on the committee. I have helped to author various chapters in EMRA books, The Nuts and Bolts of Global Emergency Medicine and the EMRA Advocacy Handbook. I have served as an alternate counselor for YPS, which taught me parliamentary procedure. I have met countless leaders in emergency medicine by just being present. Being involved always opens a door to something else. Through my EMRA, YPS and ACEP experience, I am now more involved with my state chapter, TCEP; I am currently planning our annual meeting!
What would you do if you weren't an emergency physician?
I would be one of the hosts of the TV show Hoarders.
Currently listening to: Podcasts! Specifically, Dr. Death.
Currently reading: White Coat Investor
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