There are many opportunities to engage and connect with the AAP and the SOPT. A great way to initially get involved is to write an article for one of our Section's News & Views blogs or our Monthly Feature Column in Pediatrics. Also, be sure to follow the AAP and the SOPT on social media for the latest opportunities and information.

SOPT Pediatrics Monthly Column

Pediatrics has provided SOPT with the opportunity to contribute to the Monthly Features section of the journal featuring manuscripts written by trainees in pediatrics. This SOPT column joins four other stellar columns in the Monthly Features section: (1) Global Health; (2) the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP); (3) the Historical Perspectives; and (4) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Column submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and may be emailed directly to the SOPT Monthly Feature editorial board.

Pediatrics SOPT Feature Call for Articles Spring 2024: “The Migrant Crisis and Medicine”

Author Instructions

This past year has brought a historic influx of new migrants to the United States; for example, in New York City alone, more than 150,000 asylum-seekers and migrants arrived seeking refuge in the past two years. As a result of similar trends across the country, immigration has become a more critical issue than ever. Those seeking refuge face difficult conditions–including ongoing family separations, detention, inadequate living conditions, and extensive policing. The health of migrant children and their families has come under threat and pediatricians are front-line responders.

How are you, your colleagues, and the patients and families you care for impacted by immigration issues? What is your lived experience–in clinical practice, and beyond it–engaging with this issue?  How do you feel about it–are you frustrated, motivated, inspired, or none of the above? Have there been any inspiring efforts by individuals in your own hospital system to respond to the migrant crisis?

We look forward to reading narrative reflections responding to any of the above questions. Or, any other thoughts, insights, and experiences broadly related to this topic.

To submit a piece for consideration, please follow the author instructions laid out on the Pediatrics website. Please ensure all submissions are in accord with publication guidelines on the SOPT Pediatrics website. There is no hard deadline for submission. Feel free to reach out to with any questions. 

SOPT News and Views

The SOPT News and Views Blog is a great way to learn about anything and everything related to trainee advocacy campaign projects, district projects, pediatric subspecialties, informational articles from the SOPT executive committee, clinical puzzles, and stories from trainees across the country! We invite you to browse through the blog, as well as consider submitting an article (AAP member login required).

SOPT Storytellers

We created SOPT Storytellers as a portal for trainees to share their personal stories in medicine. Members are encouraged to submit original works of written expression – narrative pieces, poetry, and beyond! From reflections on the current pandemic to systemic racism to trainee "firsts," we would love to hear from you! Visit the SOPT Storytellers site to read the latest submissions and learn about how you can contribute (AAP member login required).

Social Media

Social media is a tool for sharing and discussing information that can be an effective way to inform larger audiences about an issue. The SOPT strives to use social media for advocacy, education, networking, and mentorship. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and blogging are a few examples of social media platforms you may use to help spread your advocacy message, engage with mentors and colleagues, or educate about a health topic. When used appropriately, social media can complement and strengthen already existing advocacy strategies and amplify education about a topic. The AAP and SOPT engage on a variety of different social media platforms that we encourage you to follow, like, and join the conversation.

  • Follow SOPT on Twitter @AAPSOPT
  • Follow the AAP on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds
  • Follow the AAP on Instagram at AmerAcadPeds
  • Popular AAP & SOPT Hashtags: #PedsPerks #putkids1st, #FutureFAAP, #FAAPulous, #tweetiatrician, #tweetiatricianselfie
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