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National Conference & Exhibition


The Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) participates in many activities during the AAP National Conference & Exhibition.  Registration is FREE for medical student members.  

To many first time attendees, the conference can be rather overwhelming. We've pulled out what we think you would want to be a part of. Click here for a special invitation to the meeting from Dr Dan Schumacher, National Conference Planning Group Member and Former SOPT Executive Committee Member 2007-2011.

SOPT Educational Program (aka SOMSRFT Assembly):
The SOPT Assembly at the National Conference is the annual business meeting for general SOPT members. The Assembly serves as the forum to conduct critical business matters such as election of national officers, development and approval of Section resolutions to be submitted at the AAP Annual Leadership Forum, and basic training of new Executive Committee members. Moreover, the Assembly serves as the primary forum to debut the Section's Annual Advocacy Campaign, present significant awards, and to meet senior AAP leadership.

Two specific proposed sessions merit further mention. First, the Medical Student program has been a relatively new and highly appraised event specifically geared toward medical student issues such as becoming an excellent residency applicant and how to determine the best residency program. These sessions are led by local residency program leaders and have been met with wonderful success.

Finally, the SOPT Reception and Poster Display highlights poster presentations from the SOMSRFT Clinical Case Competition. Dr Deepak Kamath, Editor of Pediatrics in Review, attends and determines the winner from the Top 20 finalists. 

Click here for a draft agenda of the SOPT Assembly.

SOPT Reception & Poster Display:
On behalf of the SOMSRFT Executive Committee we'd like to invite you to a special reception Saturday, October 24th from 6:00-7:00pm. The reception will take place at the Marriott Marquis. Come enjoy an evening of free food and drinks, while networking and viewing the Section's clinical case posters. 

SOPT Special Event:
The Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) will be hosting a special showing of Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 9:00pm. You DO NOT need to purchase a ticket during registration. Instead, you'll pick up your ticket at the SOPT Reception and Poster Display, Saturday October 24 at 6:00pm. We will only be handing out one ticket per person, so you must be present to receive your ticket. Tickets are limited (the theater holds a capacity of ~380 people).

Online registration is now open. Deadline for advance registration is September 11, 2015.

2015 National Conference Links:
National Conference Website-
National Conference Preliminary Program-
AAP Conference Planner – 
Plenary Sessions-
Peds 21 Website Page-
Registration-  (Registration opens June 1) 
Hotel Reservations-  (Hotel Reservations opens June 1)
Peds 21 Flyer- 
International Flyer in English-
International Flyer in Spanish-
Special Events-

Future NCE Dates:

AAP National Conference & Exhibition
San Francisco, The Moscone Center
October 22-25, 2016
Pre-conference events Friday, October 21

AAP National Conference & Exhibition
Chicago, McCormick Place
September 16-19, 2017
Pre-conference events Friday, September 15​