President's Message

Looking forward to Toronto PAS!

Sue Bostwick

As you are planning for Toronto check out the new PAS searchable online program guide with more ways to search the program and plan your time. We are very excited for our programming, including this year’s George Armstrong Awardee Dr. Sue Bennett from the University of Ottawa who is internationally recognized for her work for the rights of children and her work with children who have been maltreated. Please join us on Monday in the Toronto Convention Center at our Presidential Plenary, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm to hear from Dr Bennett in addition to the informative platform presentations that have been chosen.

New this year, there will be an introduction for new members to the APA and first time attendees to PAS on Saturday morning from 7:30 am – 8:30 am in the British Columbia room at the Fairmont hotel. Our members meeting will be on Sunday from 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm in the Convention Center and we have planned an informative and fun session for all. There will also be a Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion Reception from 4:00 pm – 5:30 in the Library at the Fairmont. This event is cosponsored by the APA, APS and SPR. All APA members are welcome!

Our Board and committees have been continuing to work on our members’ behalf. We are in the process of forming a new social media committee to increase our social media presence. Our QI scholars program had a robust application process and has picked their next group of scholars, congratulations to them! Our ESP and RSP programs are just starting their application process for their next cohorts. Our Board has been reviewing our Strategic Plan goals we set for this year and is happy to report progress in all areas. We have set our goals for next year as well.

Mary, Steve and I have had a busy the past couple of months at the Region meetings. The opportunities and success of the regional meetings has been wonderful and a true credit to our wonderful regional chairs.

Hoping to see you all at PAS so we can all enjoy the learning, networking and mentoring together. Check out a SIG (or two), go to a committee meeting, and come to the Member’s Meeting and Presidential Plenary!

Susan B. Bostwick, MD, MBA
Academic Pediatric Association

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