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Welcome to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) resident and fellow homepage! The Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) is the largest section in the AAP with more than 13,000 members. As a result, we have a strong voice for pediatric trainees and our patients. We hope for our web page to serve as a centralized resource for our members to find educational materials, leadership possibilities, advocacy information, and funding opportunities.

Currently, 99% of pediatric residency programs fund AAP membership for their residents. This funding pays for residents to receive Pediatrics, Red Book, PediaLink, PREP, Peds in Review, and access Pediatric Care Online.

I invite you to become involved in our section. Nationally, we are led by a Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary who lead an Executive Committee comprised of District Coordinators and Assistant District Coordinators elected annually to represent each of the Academy's ten national districts. In addition, every residency program designates Program Delegates to represent their organization. The SOMSRFT also has Liaisons to more than 30 other sections within the Academy and outside organizations. If you are interested in serving in any of these capacities, please see the open leadership position page of our web site.

In addition to providing resources to our members, SOMSRFT also plays a strong role in child advocacy. We created a national advocacy campaign in 2005, and have been building momentum ever since. Our current campaign is P.A.V.E. the Way to Firearm Prevention. We hope you will join our efforts in some capacity to help improve the health of our nation’s children. And lastly, while our Section unites around a common advocacy topic, we recognize that you may have your own advocacy interests. To that end, the AAP offers CATCH grants, Dyson Awards and other support to enable your own local advocacy work.

We invite you to network with other residents, medical students, and fellowship trainees at the AAP’s National Conference and Exhibition (NCE). The upcoming 2014 NCE will be held in San Diego, CA, from October 11-14. The SOMSRFT Annual Assembly will consist of a full-day meeting for residents, medical students, and fellowship trainees on Saturday, October 11th. Please check our NCE page for future highlights and information for attendees. We hope to see you in San Diego!

In order to better serve our members we have created subcommittees focused on some of our other goals. Our medical student subcommittee has increased our student involvement to record numbers by providing them with access to our resources, their own student newsletter, and a guide to becoming a pediatrician. Our fellowship subcommittee is working on increasing resources for fellowship trainees. We are also excited with the work our mentorship committee has done to begin the creation of a national program for mentoring.

We are excited to continue to develop new resources and welcome your input for ways to improve your experience with the AAP. I can personally attest to the support and enthusiasm the AAP President and Executive Committee have for our section. With their commitment we plan to continue to achieve our ambitious goals for the section. I hope you are intrigued and inspired by what you find as you browse the AAP web site and that you use us as your professional home now and throughout your career. If you would like to ask questions, provide feedback, or learn how to become more involved, feel free to contact either your local SOMSRFT leaders or me directly.

Thank you for visiting and welcome to SOMSRFT and the AAP!

Faisal Malik, MD
Chairperson, Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT)

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