Dear Program Delegate:
Welcome to a leadership position in the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT)!
It is with great pleasure that I congratulate you on your position as program delegate. This role provides a wonderful opportunity for you to enhance your understanding of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), strengthen your leadership skills and build networking connections that will influence many facets of your life for years to come.
The purpose of the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees is to advocate for our section members, develop leadership within our section, and educate our members to effectively advocate for healthy children. With over 13,000 members, the SOMSRFT is the largest of approximately 50 sections in the AAP. So, our members have a tremendous voice within the Academy.
The leadership of the section is modeled after that of the Academy itself. Our executive committee consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Immediate Past-Chair and Secretary. We also have a District Coordinator (DC) and Assistant District Coordinator (ADC) from each of the ten districts around the country. Lastly, we have more than twenty SOMSRFT Liaisons to other sections, committees, and organizations both within and beyond the Academy.
Our section’s executive committee must fully understand the needs of our members to best work for them. Furthermore, the success of our section activities depends most heavily on the strength, determination, and efforts of our individual members. We must have grass roots support to establish clear and effective communication between our greater than 13,000 members and the elected executive committee. As program delegate, you will act as that direct link between residents within your program and the SOMSRFT executive committee. Therefore, you should be the individual that all residents from your program identify as a resource for information regarding the Academy. Furthermore, you are the conduit to express concerns from the residents at your program to the section’s executive committee.
To help you succeed at your job, we have compiled a number of useful resources that should help you achieve your goals and fulfill your responsibilities. Please familiarize yourself with the following resources, and especially review the Delegate Handbook carefully:
Intro to AAP PowerPoint
Program Delegate Annual Calendar
AAP Strategic Plan
SOMSRFT Strategic Plan
Funding and Award Opportunities
News and Views from Pediatricians in Training
Know that the DC and ADC from your district are available to assist you perform this role. They are wonderful resources of further information and ideas. Those individuals should be in frequent contact, and you should not hesitate to contact them with any questions regarding your new position. Please keep in touch with your district leaders and keep them updated on your current contact information. Your DC and ADC distribute quarterly newsletters to SOMSRFT district members with the latest section news and welcome your contributions to this publication. Send your program’s highlights to them and share with others in your district the current events at your training program. You can locate your current DC & ADC via your district website.
Your desire to dedicate time to our section indicates an inner drive to make a difference. Your work will not only assist physicians-in-training within your program, but ultimately will also improve the health of infants, children, adolescents and young adults within your community. The entire AAP appreciates your involvement and welcomes your ideas and participation.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or our section manager, Julie Raymond, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley Lucke, MD, FAAP
Chair, Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees
Lauren Gambill, MD
Vice Chair, Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees