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Dear Program Delegate:

Welcome to a leadership position in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT)!

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you on your position as program delegate. This role provides a wonderful opportunity for you to enhance your understanding of the AAP, strengthen your leadership skills and build networking connections that will influence many facets of your life for years to come.

The mission of the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees is to empower and enable pediatric trainees to be strong leaders and advocates for the health and well‐being of all children.

Our Section's executive committee must fully understand the needs of our members to best work for them. Furthermore, the success of our Section activities depends heavily on the strength, determination, and efforts of our individual members. We must have grass roots support to establish clear and effective communication between our 14,000+ members and the elected executive committee. As program delegate, you will act as that direct link between residents within your program and the SOPT executive committee. Therefore, you should be the individual that all residents from your program identify as a resource for information regarding the Academy. Furthermore, you are the conduit to express concerns from the residents at your program to the Section's executive committee.

To help you succeed at your job, we have compiled a number of useful resources that should help you achieve your goals and fulfill your responsibilities. Please familiarize yourself with the following resources, and especially review the Delegate Handbook carefully. Note: all resources linked below are located on the SOPT collaboration site. Therefore AAP login is required.

Delegate Handbook​ Resident
Orientation to AAP PowerPoint
Pediatric Care Online PowerPoint

Funding and Award Opportunities
SOPT News and Views
AAP Strategic Plan​

Know that your SOPT Resident District Representative (DR) and Assistant District Representative (ADR) are available to assist you perform this role. They are wonderful resources of further information and ideas. Those individuals should be in frequent contact, and you should not hesitate to contact them with any questions regarding your new position. Please keep in touch with your district leaders and keep them updated on your current contact information. Your DR and ADR distribute quarterly newsletters to SOPT district members with the latest Section news and welcome your contributions to this publication. Send your program's highlights to them and share with others in your district the current events at your training program. You can locate your current DR and ADR via your district website.

Your desire to dedicate time to our Section indicates an inner drive to make a difference. Your work will not only assist physicians-in-training within your program, but ultimately will also improve the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults within your community. The entire AAP appreciates your involvement and welcomes your ideas and participation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or our Section manager, Julie Raymond, at


Christian Pulcini, MD, MEd, MPH
Chair, Section on Pediatric Trainees

Trey Williams, MD
Chair-Elect, Section on Pediatric Trainees