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The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting will be May 5-8, 2018 in Toronto Canada. The APA headquarter hotel is the Fairmont hotel. Please note that attendees that do not reside in Canada will need a valid passport in order to travel to the meeting. Click here to learn more about APA activities within this meeting from APA's president, Susan Bostwick and APA's workshop chair, Elisa Zenni.

Register today for these upcoming pre-PAS Meeting programs:
- AGP Fellows Conference | Thursday, May 3, 2018
  Register here

Please join us at the APA Presidential Plenary on Monday, May 7 to honor this year's George Armstrong Awardee for her significant global contributions to child health.

This year, the George Armstrong Award will be presented to Dr. Sue Bennett, MB, ChB, FRCP, DTH&M, DRCOG, DCH, Dip Pysch. Please click here to read her full biography.

New this year at PAS

Get Your Ribbons!
APA ribbons will be available for pick up throughout the meeting on the 600 level of the Toronto Convention Center.

APA New Members and PAS First Timers Orientation
All members are invited to this orientation on Saturday, May 5 from 7:30 am - 8:30 am in the British Columbia room at the Fairmont hotel.

Calling long-time members! The First Timers Orientation Task Force would like you to help APA's new members establish meaningful relationships and navigate the meeting by serving as an APA Ambassador. APA Ambassadors are long-time APA members that represent and promote the organization during the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting. APA Ambassadors will serve as points-of-contact for new APA members and first time PAS attendees throughout the meeting. As an APA Ambassador you will receive an APA Ambassador blue ribbon and should be available to answer questions, assist with networking and help integrate new members into the PAS meeting and into the APA. Click here to read more about volunteering as an APA Ambassador.

Do you want to #BeAScholarESP?
Learn more about the Educational Scholars Program and ask questions about your application during our ESP Consultations. Senior ESP faculty will be available in the Focus Lounge of the Convention center on Saturday morning from 10:30 AM-12:00 noon on a drop-in basis. Anyone wearing an "Ask Me About the ESP" ribbon would be delighted to tell you more about this great program too.

Celebration of Diversity & Inclusion Reception
All members are invited to this reception, Saturday, May 5 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the Library at the Fairmont hotel. This event is sponsored by the APA, APS and SPR.

Click here to view the PAS 2018 SIG Sessions

Click here to view the PAS 2018 Workshop Sessions

Click here to view YIA Awardee presentations at PAS 2018

NEW Seeking Candidates for 2018 Election
We are seeking applications for consideration in the nominating process for key leadership roles in the APA. The Nominating Committee will present a final slate of candidates for affirmation by the Board of Directors and for selection through a national election for the following positions:

  1. President-Elect
  2. Education Committee Chair
  3. Membership, Diversity and Inclusion Chair
  4. Nominating Committee Members (2)

Click here for more information and for instructions on how to apply or nominate a colleague.

NEW APA Social Media Committee
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) is looking for individuals who are interested in serving on APA's new Social Media Committee.
Committee members will be responsible for finalizing and implementing a social media strategy for the organization and identifying other areas of opportunity.
Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to apply!

The APA is hosting this year's Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting. Click here to learn about the meeting, program content and hotel location.

Registration is open for pre-conference programming including the half-day "Developing Your Career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine" program, hosted by APA's faculty development section of the Hospital Medicine SIG and sponsored by the APA. Click here to register for the program.

APA Strategic Plan: 2017-2022

Click here to download the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

In November 2016, APA's Board of Directors, local Region and SIG chairs, discussed the strategic direction of the association and developed the 2017-2022 strategic plan. The 2017-2022 strategic plan identifies 4 substantive goals for ensuring APA's future. The goals are not listed in any order or priority; all are equally important and interrelated.

Strategies indicate how APA will organize, focus and expand its resources to maximize its effectiveness and efficiency in achieving these goals. The goals and strategies will be reviewed annually in order to ensure progress and success.

In order to achieve these goals, APA needs your help and your commitment. APA would love to hear your ideas about tactics that can help us achieve one of our goals. Please submit your ideas here.

The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) awarded a $5000 grant to the Continuity Special Interest Group (SIG) to find ways to increase HPV vaccination rates in the United States. The Continuity SIG chose to sponsor a resident HPV video contest, with the aim that residents would create a public service announcement video encouraging resident colleagues to provide a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination. Twelve program expressed interest in participating and nine videos were submitted. The Continuity SIG Steering Committee met and identified the top three videos. The first place winner was Maimonides Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Brooklyn, NY, and leader, Jonathan Strysko. The second place winner was UCSF Fresno Pediatrics, Fresno, California, and leader, Clarisse Casilang, and the third place winner was University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, and leaders Natalie Torres and Puja Sood.

Article in Academic Medicine: New Century Scholars: A Mentorship Program to Increase Workforce Diversity in Academic Pediatrics

Click here to read about recent RAPID scholars' accomplishments!



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