WYDO was founded on the 24th of June 2011 in the Netherlands, as the Stichting World Young Doctors’ Organization. The organization is run by an international board, with members from various countries.

Decision-making within the board encourages collaborative problem-solving, critical thinking, constructive criticism, value of minority views and collective ownership; all aspects of an inquiry process rather than an advocacy process. The board itself is a board of equals, with democratic decision-making and commitment to transparency and accountability.

Currently, the board is expanding the group of active persons within the organization. Although the main decision-making is within the board, WYDO is most committed to hearing what medical doctors around the world have to say; to this end the organization shall make use of active discussion and debate, polls, policy statements and other tools to better convey medical doctors’ opinions and activities.