Dear Readers of the YPSgram,
In this second issue of the YPSgram, we feature Dr. Ray's experience and knowledge with building and working with a team--your own team. Dr. Ray is a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon who joined Hoops Children's Hospital in Huntington, WV in 2015. He also holds the position of Chief of Professional Services in the 5th Medical Brigade in the U.S. Army Reserves in the rank of Colonel. He currently serves on the Leadership Development Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and believes that physicians hold the ability to alter their institutional environment to reduce burnout and inspire co-workers to "change the world" in a positive way.
Besides, whether we admit it or not, 2017 will be over soon, and 2018 will bring with it the 2018 WV State Legislative Session. Physicians, especially young physicians, focus their energy on the problems at hand--our patient in front of us. While we realize that we can only operate as much as we are allowed to and in a manner that conforms with current laws, only a few of us watch out for what is coming before it is already a done deal. Even fewer people work on shaping it in favor of our patients, community, and our best interests. In our next issue, we will feature highlights of our upcoming legislative session and what our colleagues at our WVSMA legislative committee are advocating for to make our State a better place to live and practice medicine.
The YPS team