The mission of the SOECP is to ensure our members achieve a successful and fulfilling start to their chosen career path and build a strong foundation for their career that optimizes clinical care, advocacy for children and child health, and leadership within the AAP, our profession of pediatrics, and our communities. 


  • ​​The AAP and SOECP are perceived as a highly valued and essential professional home for early career pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists.

  • SOECP members are connected to one another, and the essential resources they need.

  • SOECP members have achieved the work-life balance they desire for health and happiness.

  • SOECP members are leading effectively and making the difference they desire to make. ​

Core Values

  • Children, families, and our profession need a healthy and vital AAP.

  • Early career physicians are prepared to lead and engage now, and shape the future of the AAP.

  • Optimizing engagement of early career physicians will optimize their professional and personal fulfillment.

  • The health of physicians is essential to delivering high quality care and sustainability of our profession.

  • Connectivity matters-Physicians can achieve far greater outcomes together than any individual alone.

  • Optimal pediatric care is delivered by an effective pediatric care team. 

SOECP Strategic Plan Goals

  • Provide education and resources to early career physicians that will further develop their career, advocacy and wellness

  • Provide timely, engaging, and effective Section updates to members, AAP leadership and non-member early career physicians

  • Provide mentorship and networking opportunities for early career physicians

  • Provide leadership opportunities for early career physicians

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