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

Author Instructions

We are in the midst of an historic viral surge among children in the United States. For months, pediatric hospitals have been bursting at the seams amid the so-called tripledemic. “This Is Our March 2020,” one headline from the New York Times read in November.

Trainees have been at the heart of the tripledemic’s response, just as they were in adult medicine with COVID. What has that been like for you?

In this special call for articles for the SOPT Trainee Feature in Pediatrics, we invite you to share your lived experiences. How have the surges–and your health system’s response(s)–affected your life and your training? How has your training prepared you for this historic moment, and what gaps in training have you identified? How has the surge impacted your mental health, relationships with colleagues, professional identity, or career aspirations? What have you learned about patients, patient communities, healthcare systems, and the practice of medicine during this time? What should readers–mentors, colleagues, peers, lay audiences–know about what this time has been like for you?

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.

Please ensure all submissions are in accord with publication guidelines on the Pediatrics website. Feel free to reach out to with any questions you may have. Finally, thanks for all your hard work during this time.

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.

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