Young Physicians Organization (YPO)

HCMS offers a variety of benefits and services to meet the needs of young physicians.

The Young Physicians Organization (YPO) offers a variety of programs throughout the year for all young physicians to network for referrals and collaborate with colleagues.

Young physicians are defined as physicians age 40 or younger, or have been in practice for eight years or less.

Led by the Council of Young Physicians, the YPO hosts social events meant for attendees to connect with other young physicians throughout Harris County, earn continuing medical education and relax in a comfortable environment.

YPO Meetings

  • New Member and Young Physician Reception - Held annually in August at The Health Museum (John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science), this event is a unique opportunity to enjoy a complimentary evening with your family while you explore the traveling summer exhibit at The Health Museum, network with new and young HCMS members and earn an hour ethics CME credit. Free food, drinks, Kid Zone, CME and general admission to The Health Museum is included Parking fees may apply.
  • Young Physicians Organization Fall Happy Hour and Ethics CME - Held annually in the fall.


Additional Meetings of Interest for Young Physicians
  • Branch Meetings - HCMS physicians are designated to a branch in the area where they work or reside and receive announcements regarding upcoming meetings via email and fax. Each branch meets three times a year, twice between February and May and once in the fall. New members and physicians in their first and second year of practice are invited to attend free of charge. Click for the schedule of upcoming branch meetings.
  • Marketing 101 ethics CME - Held usually in June or July each year, the CME focuses on the tools available to members to grow their practice.
NEW:When registering for any of the meetings above, physicians can request to receive an RSVP list prior to the meeting. In addition, attendees will also receive a follow-up list after the meeting, to maximize the networking experience.  

    Resources to Develop Your Patient Base

    HCMS offers a variety of resources to develop your patient base, from mailing labels to send marketing collateral to colleagues, to practice descriptions to enhance your visibility in the online Physician Directory. For details on no cost and low cost resources, click here. Free offers are available to physicians in their first and second year in practice.

    TMA offers a variety of resources from social media resource center to the use of testimonials in advertising. Click for more information. Click for TMA's Young Physician Section.

    Practice Resources 

    HCMS offers a variety of resources to manage your practice ranging from a New Practice Checklist to tables and grids to assist physicians' offices with contacting health plans (for eligibility, benefits, pre-certifications, etc.). Services offered include free assistance to resolve claim issues/problems with payers. Click for more information.

    HCMS offers a Buyers Guide directory of vendors with contact information of staff who cater to the needs of physicians. The vendors are organized in product categories that serve the physicians professional and personal needs; from accounting services to waste management and from nanny services to wealth advisers. 

    HCMS also offers a concierge Auto Program, a no-cost member service designed to spare you the aggravation and hassle normally associated with the purchase of a new or pre-owned vehicle. The program currently offers 2008 and newer vehicle financing at 1.99% for up to a 66 month term (with approved credit).

    TMA offers a variety of resources, ranging from consulting services to webinars on most topics related to running a medical practice. In addition, the TMA Knowledge Center offers free assistance with answering your operational questions. Click for more information

    Employment and Employed Physicians 

    Both HCMS and TMA offer numerous resources to employed physicians ranging from contract negotiation to an RVU calculator. Click for more information.

    In addition, HCMS offers a Physician Career Center which lists employment opportunities for physicians across all settings.

    Opportunities for Involvement 

    HCMS offers a variety of opportunities for involvement. To learn more about becoming a Young Physician Ambassador or about additional leadership opportunities within HCMS, contact Priscilla Villarreal at priscilla_villarreal@hcms.org or 713-524-4267, ext. 243. Click for a list of opportunities.

    TMA also offers a variety of opportunities for involvement through its Young Physicians Section.

    HCMS Young Physician Leaders - Council of Young Physicians

    The Council of Young Physicians consists of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Young Physicians Organization and the Young Physician Ambassadors for all the seven branches. The Ambassadors are young physicians appointed from each of the seven branches of HCMS to ensure that programming at the branches is relevant to young physicians and to increase the attendance and participation of young physicians in HCMS events and meetings. The Vice Chair and Chair of the Young Physicians Organization are elected from among the Young Physician Ambassadors.

    For those interested in future elective positions, this is a good place to start. Leadership at the Council starts with a position as a Young Physician Ambassador. The Young Physicians Organization welcomes your involvement and encourages you to explore the opportunities to actively participate in your society and obtain experience needed to seek elective office. 

    2019 Council of Young Physicians


    Terah C. Isaacson, Chair 

    Central Branch Young Physician Ambassadors:
    Karen E. Cress, MD
    Santhosshi Narayanan, MD
    Sarah Goel, DO
    Jaya S. Amaram-Davila, MD
    Gina K. In, MD
    Kathy Lee-Ostermayer, MD

    East Branch Young Physician Ambassadors:
    Chinelo Ikpeama, MD

    North Branch Young Physician Ambassadors:
    Sophie Lung, MD
    Stacy V. Smith, MD

    Northwest Branch Young Physician Ambassadors  
    Avais M. Chatha, MD

    Southeast Branch Young Physician Ambassadors:
    Andres Vasquez Donado, MD

    Southwest Branch Young Physician Ambassadors:
    Arafat Hashwani, MD
    Rashmi Kudesia, MD

    Western Branch Young Physician Ambassadors:
    Ankur D. Mehta, DO
    Regina E. Rodman, MD
    Anupama S. W. Kathiresan, MD
    Priya Raj, MD