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 2019-2020 APSA President (Abhik Banerjee, email@example.com) for a vote by the EC.
- 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 the 2020-2021 year, this program is also establishing and piloting the Professional Mentorship Program, in which MD/PhD trainees will be mentored by resident/fellow/junior faculty members who are physician-scientists themselves.
- 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.
- DVM/VMD Trainee Ad Hoc: The DVM/VMD Ad Hoc committee’s goal is to expand the APSA membership to include veterinary scientist trainees from across the United States. The committee will have three overarching aims: 1) provide information about APSA memberships to veterinary schools to increase veterinary presence in APSA; 2) develop relationships with veterinary scientists who can act as mentors for APSA veterinary trainees; 3) expand career-related resources for veterinary trainees available through APSA.