The AAP National Conference and Exhibition is a great opportunity for trainees to network, learn about advocacy and the latest in pediatrics. The Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) had their own program and reception each year. Below you'll find a general overview of the SOPT program and events. Check out our detailed agenda on our Section's collaboration site (AAP member login required).
SOPT Educational Program (aka SOPT Assembly):
The SOPT Assembly at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition 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 to the AAP Annual Leadership Forum, and basic training of new Executive Committee and Leadership Council members. Moreover, the Assembly serves as the primary forum to debut the Section's Annual Advocacy Campaign, present significant awards, and to network with 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.
Finally, the SOPT Reception and Poster Display highlights poster presentations from the SOPT Clinical Case Competition. The Editor of Pediatrics in Review attends and determines the winner from the Top 30 finalists.
Clinical Case Presentations
The SOPT has held an annual "Clinical Case Competition" since 2003. In this clinical case poster session, residents, medical students, and fellowship trainees submit abstracts of interesting cases they have encountered in their training. These abstracts are judged by a committee of pediatric trainee leaders. The top 30 authors (10 from each from medical students, residents and fellowship trainees) are invited to present their case in poster format at the SOPT Reception and Poster Display at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition. The first-place medical student, resident, and fellowship trainee winners are determined by the Editor of Pediatrics in Review (PIR) before the conference based on the abstracts alone. The Editor will announce the winners at the poster reception and will consider publishing the cases in PIR as an Index of Suspicion article once the abstract has undergone peer review.
If you are interested in submitting an abstract, keep your eyes open for unusual diseases or common diseases presenting in an unusual fashion while you are on your pediatrics clerkship or during residency/fellowship training.
For additional Case Report Guidelines for medical students please click here.
Past Winners of the Clinical Case Program can be found on the SOPT collaboration site (AAP member login required).