It's that time of year again! I am very much looking forward to the PAS annual meeting in San Diego at the end of this month. San Diego is beautiful and fantastic setting for the PAS meeting. But don't plan to spend all of your time on the beach at La Jolla. You do not want to miss the fascinating, enlightening sessions at the Hilton Hotel and San Diego Convention Center. The quality of the science at this meeting is outstanding. This is in part due to the many APA members who reviewed and scored research abstracts and workshop proposals for the meeting. Thank you for your efforts. Each year at the PAS meeting there are more and more physicians joining us from all over the world, making this a very exciting international forum for discussion. There will be numerous valuable sessions for academic faculty and trainees at all levels. A new APP should help you navigate the complex meeting and find the abstracts to be presented.
In addition to the platform and poster sessions, some of the highlights of the upcoming PAS meeting include:
-The Fellows Core Curriculum, providing essential didactic sessions exclusively for fellows before the official meeting begins. (Friday, April 24)
-The Joseph St. Geme Award at the PAS Opening Ceremony (Saturday, April 25). This year the award will be presented to Dr. Barry Zuckerman, who is Professor and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and Professor of Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health.
-A session of "Speed Mentoring" to connect younger members of the APA with more senior mentors (Saturday, April 25).
-The informative and entertaining APA Debate at the annual Membership Meeting (Sunday, April 26). This year's debate will focus on whether or not a general pediatrician still has a role in primary care (tongue-in-cheek of course).
-Late Breaking Sessions with cutting edge abstracts of importance (Saturday, April 25).
There will also be dozens of new and innovative workshops and the APA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) eagerly await their annual gatherings at the PAS meeting. We very much enjoy and value our SIGs, and in San Diego, APA members will discuss important issues with others who have similar interests and unique experience.
Most importantly, the PAS meeting in beautiful San Diego will offer us all the opportunity to connect with colleagues and friends. At our regional breakfasts and at the many receptions, you can "catch up". You can also meet new collaborators at the poster sessions and share your ideas with physicians from across the country and even around the globe. We look forward to a great meeting.
As part of the PAS meeting, I will turn over the reins of APA Secretary to Judy Shaw. I am sure Judy will serve the APA well. As for me, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed serving on the APA Board for so many years. We have an amazing organization with so many dedicated and talented people, all working to improve the care of children. I will miss the APA Board terribly, but look forward to my continued association with our cherished APA.
Steven M. Selbst, M.D.
Academic Pediatric Association