There are many ways to get involved in the Section. The Executive Committee of the Section consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Immediate Past Chair, and Secretary. There are also District Coordinators (DC) and Assistant District Coordinators (ADC) from each of the ten districts around the country. Additionally, there are over thirty liaisons to AAP Committees, Sections, and outside organizations. These liaisons report to the Section either in person, at one of the two Executive Committee meetings per year, and/or in writing to be included in the agenda book or for inclusion in News and Views. Each residency training program also has at least one program delegate to the section that acts as a direct link between residents within their program and the section executive committee and are the identifying resource within each program for information regarding the Academy.
The Section serves in a consulting capacity to the AAP Board of Directors and makes recommendations regarding policy statements related to pediatric residency training and other matters relating to the education and well-being of pediatric trainees.
The Section's executive committee participates in the Annual Leadership Forum which serves as an open forum for the exchange of ideas and for the debate and discussion of burning issues. It is an opportunity for the section to have input to the Executive Board of the AAP and participate in the resolution process.
Some of the main initiatives of the Section include involving pediatric trainees in the current advocacy project and supporting pediatric trainees with grants for international electives, national conference travel, financial-need based scholarships, advocacy projects, and research projects conducted during residency.
SOPT has several subcommittees created to better serve members and focus on section goals. These include Child Health, Member Value, Learning & Growth, Internal Process, Medical Students, and Fellowship subcommittees that work toward achieving the section's strategic plan initiatives.