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Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award

The AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award, supported by the Dyson Foundation, celebrates the outstanding efforts of pediatricians-in-training as they work in their communities to improve the health of children. Any resident-sponsored and/or resident led project that seeks to advocate on behalf of children is eligible for this award.

This award seeks to showcase projects that are designed and implemented by residents, which aim to improve the lives of children. Projects still in the needs assessment stage will not be considered for this award. We hope that rewarding exemplary resident-driven efforts will promote increased advocacy efforts by residents in the future and provide an opportunity for residents to help each other to plan future advocacy programs. In order to be eligible for the award, the project must have been completed during residency training. Awards are based solely on the application, a letter of support from your faculty sponsor or residency director, and any accompanying materials that are submitted. A committee of current and former section leaders will select three projects to receive this national award.

The Dyson Award program is now open. Please click here to access the 2014 application.

The Advocacy Award includes the following:

  • $300 in funds to advance the winning projects’ goals
  • Travel and lodging expenses for one resident per project to the AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE).
  • Presentation of the Advocacy Award plaque during the SOMSRFT Assembly Meeting at the NCE.
  • Opportunity to display and distribute project information to residents and pediatricians from across the country at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE).
  • Press release and recognition in AAP News, SOMSRFT News and Views & State Chapter newsletters.

Winning applicants should be prepared to submit photos of the project leader and co-leader. If you are selected to receive the award, your application information and photos may be used for follow-up recognition in the aforementioned publications.

Congratulations to the 2013 Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award Winners:

Project Leader Project Title

Jessica Albright, MD and Madhavi Gavirneni, MD

ReadNPlay for a Bright Future

Amber Loyson, MD

The Transition to a NICU Graduate Medical Home

Jenny A. Torre, MD and Sonal Malhotra, MD

Childhood Obesity Prevention Program


If you have any questions, please send an e-mail message to: Kimberley VandenBrook or call the AAP at 800/433-9016 extension 7134.


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