Mary, Mark and I have had the opportunity to attend all of the spring regional meetings over the last few months. These meetings continue to be such vibrant gatherings for our members and for students, residents and fellows. For many learners, this is the first introduction to our organization and is an important "first step" in their engagement with a broad community of pediatric scholars. This fact is not lost on our region chairs who design agendas that encourage presentations by learners and that provide time and space for formal mentoring and informal networking to occur. The scholarship presented at these meetings highlights our members' commitment to enhancing child health through advancing education, discovery, care delivery and advocacy/health policy. On behalf of Mark and Mary, thank you for inviting us to learn with you at the Regional meetings!
As you prepare for the PAS meeting, I ask you to think about how we can continue to welcome new and potential future members to become involved in the APA. Before you go, please take time to orient learners or faculty who are attending for the first time, to the meeting. Review the program with them and help them to plan key sessions to attend for their own professional development and to make important connections with other members. Once there, invite them to join you in attending committee and SIG meetings, receptions and of course, the regional breakfasts. Serve as a sponsor, introducing them to your friends and colleagues at workshops, platform and poster sessions and help to identify opportunities for them to participate in APA core programs and in new initiatives being planned by members. Learn together at invited science and plenary sessions. If you meet someone who is not a member, share what the APA has meant to you and invite them to join.Â After the meeting, continue to serve as a mentor by helping learners and your faculty colleagues plan what they will submit to present at both the regional meeting and at next year's PAS. Serve as a coach by working with more junior colleagues to submit and present together next year.
Thank you for all that you do as a mentor, peer mentor, coach and sponsor. This commitment from, and between, our members is truly one of the richest benefits of membership in the APA.
See you all soon in Baltimore!