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Mission Statement

​The AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) will advocate for its members, develop leadership within the Section, and educate members on how to advocate for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Section was founded in 1989 and enables residents, post residency training fellows, and medical students of the AAP to meet and dev​elop ideas as well as generate programs and projects aimed to improve the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. In 2008, the Section changed its name to the Section on Pediatric Trainees to better represent its membership.

The SOPT was formed to provide a voice for physicians in training and to offer a forum for the discussion of common interests and problems. The Section publishes News and Views twice a year and a monthly email newsletter both of which update membership on Section activities and issues. The Section currently has more than 13,000 members.

The Section also provides educational programming at the National Conference and Exhibition (NCE), which consists of a keynote address, two education breakout sessions, district meetings, elections, and general sessions.

Some of the main initiatives of the SOPT include rewarding residents for local advocacy projects, supporting residents and fellowship trainees with grants for international electives, NCE travel, financial-need based scholarships, and for residents wishing to complete research during residency. The Section has several subcommittees charged with addressing initiatives around mentorship, advocacy, fellowship trainee needs, and medical student needs.

The Section actively recruits medical students into pediatrics and supports residents and fellowship trainees in their role as teacher.


    Welcome Letter from Chair
    SOPT District Web Pages (Coming Soon)
    News and Views - Official newsletter of the SOPT 
    Section Brochure
    Section Strategic Plan
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