Welcome to the Section on Medicine & Pediatrics (Med-Peds). As a Section, we have been busy organizing and advocating for med-peds physicians since 1997. Currently the Section has over 3,576 members. The Section strives to be the home for physicians trained in treating adults and children. We have a very strong relationship with the National Med-Peds Residents Association (NMPRA) and the Medicine Pediatrics Program Directors Association to help ensure a strong pipeline and a united voice on activities, research, advocacy and education that is important to med-peds physicians.

Mission Statement

The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on combined internal medicine and pediatrics (Med-Peds) is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the practice of physicians trained in both specialties. The Section on Med-Peds is committed to advocacy, education, improving communication, and research related to the practice and training of physicians in combined internal medicine and pediatrics.‚Äč

Our Work

Physician Wellness- SOMP organizes an exhibit booth yearly at the AAP National Conference, PHYSICIAN HEALTH AND WELLNESS BOOTH to assist attendees in caring for their own health and well-being. Available resources include: breathing, best sleep strategies, digital detox, 15-minute workout, personal wellness individualized plan, mindful eating poster, physician health and wellness clinical report, physician support line, selfcare worksheet, well woman chart, list of adult screenings and immunizations, best health apps. Booth offers complimentary one-one consultation with a Med-Peds physician!

Communications Tri-sponsored, quarterly newsletter with the National Med-Peds Resident Association (NMPRA) and the Med-Peds Program Director’s Association (MPPDA).

Annual Case Competition. SOMP had sixty-seven research abstract submissions in 2022, many of which were shown as posters during the AAP National Conference. Two abstracts (1 case and 1 QI) were awarded top awards with certificate and prize.

The Section reviews draft policy statements, clinical reports, books chapters and other documents for the AAP.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for Med-Peds Physicians Made Simpler publication for members. Updated June 2021.

Med-Peds 101 publication for students and others considering a career in Med-Peds

Updating membership on MOC changes and the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Given the pace of change of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) with the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), we have used all our communications outlets to update the membership as these occur.

The Section on Med-Peds is supporting the work of POPCoRN. The Pediatric Overflow Planning Contingency Response Network is a multi-institutional collaboration which states that its mission is to “coordinate a national response that aims to increase capacity to care for adult patients in pediatric facilities through information dissemination, education, and shared community.” POPCoRN was started by several Med-Peds physicians to assist institutions and individuals to safely care for adults with COVID-19.

SOMP provides educational programming at the American College of Physician’s (ACP) Annual Meeting.

Section on Med-Peds is one of the largest sections in the AAP with over 3,000 members.

The SOMP held the following events in person during the 2022 AAP National Conference:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Clinical Setting
Sunday, October 9, 2022 1-4:30 PM Pacific Time Anaheim Convention Center Room 263C

1:00 PM


Moderator: Kristin Wong, MD, FACP, FAAP

1:05 PM

Cultural Competency in End-of-Life Care

Natasha Piracha, MD, FACP, FAAP

1:45 PM

Upstream Health Care: Addressing Social Determinants of Health To Achieve Health Equity

Julie Venci, MD, FACP, FAAP

2:25 PM


2:30 PM

I’ve Got Your Back – Responding to Microaggressions and Discriminatory Requests

Alda Maria Gonzaga, MD, FACP, FAAP

3:10 PM


Moderator: Kristin Wong, MD, FACP, FAAP

3:30 PM

Oral Poster Presentations and Announcement of Abstract Winners

Moderator: Jennifer Gerardin, MD, FACP, FAAP




The Section also offered a reception for Med-Peds from 5-6 PM and poster viewing in the Convention Center. Stay tuned for the 2023 preview!

The Section offers scholarships to the AAP Legislative Conference.

The Section is conducting a Med-Peds workforce study. Stay tuned for results.

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