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
On June 28th, extreme heat blanketing the Southeast killed over a dozen Americans in Texas and Louisiana. In the same month, wildfire smoke enveloped both the Midwest and Northeast. In September, historic flooding plagued Florida following Hurricane Ian. And on and on it goes.
Amid record-setting heat and natural disasters, climate change is impacting nearly every community across the United States–and around the globe–in some form or fashion. In so doing, it is having profound repercussions on the health and wellbeing of our children and their families.
In this special call for articles for the SOPT Trainee Feature in Pediatrics, we invite you to share your lived experiences as you reflect on one or more of the following questions: How has climate change affected your personal and professional life? How has your training prepared you for this historic moment, and what gaps in training have you identified in addressing climate-related health issues? What insights have you gained about patients, patient communities, healthcare systems, and the practice of medicine during this time? What would you like readers–mentors, colleagues, peers, lay audiences–to understand about your experience? How does climate change affect your perspective on what it means to be a pediatrician?
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 SOPTPediatrics@aap.org with any questions. 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).
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 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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