The APA nurtures trainees' academic career development through facilitated mentorship programs, career coaching, fellowship education, opportunities to present at local and national meetings and participate in nation-wide research studies, travel grants and more.

Explore the below opportunities to plan your next big career move.

  • Awards and Recognition
  • Faculty Development
  • Leadership
  • Mentorship
  • Networking
  • Research Funding
  • Resources
  • Professional Development
  • Publications

Academic Pediatrics

Academic Pediatrics, the official journal of the APA, is a peer-reviewed publication that provides leadership in pediatric education, research, patient care, and advocacy. Content areas include pediatric education, emergency medicine, injury, abuse, behavioral pediatrics, holistic medicine, child health services, health policy, and the environment. Trainee members receive online access and eight printed issues a year.


APA annually honors their trainee members engaged in pediatric research and recognize research excellence in the fields of general pediatrics.

Fellowship Resources

Jumpstart your career as a faculty by choosing to do a fellowship. APA has all the resources you need, including the general application, to inform the decision that will deepen your expertise for patient care and ignite your passion for medical education, research, health care delivery, advocacy and policy.

Funding Opportunities

APA trainee members can apply for a $10,000 Young Investigator Award grant to fund a research project. The application process itself prepares you to apply for larger grants from bigger funding agencies later in your career.


APA mentorship programs facilitate national relationships to give you access to career advice outside of your institution.

  • New Century Scholars Mentorship Program
  • Speed Mentoring


Faculty members can connect with colleagues across the country via the APA Connect App or APA’s Community.

APA’s Community

APA’s Community boasts more than 40 Special Interest Group (SIG) and 10 Region discussion forums enabling leaders to exchange information about the latest academic and clinical trends. Members can share resources and collaborate on these dynamic and interactive forums.

Connect App

Members get access to the APA Connect mobile app. The app connects you to your colleagues and keeps you up-to-date on association news.

Professional Development

During the AGP and PHM Fellows’ Conference, fellows network, develop professionally and share scholarly interests. Faculty also attend to participate in the discussion and enhance fellows professional communication growth and career advancement.

Develop Your Career in PHM Conference

Residents and fellows can attend the half-day Develop Your Career in Pediatric Hospital (PHM) Medicine leadership conference the day before the PHM Meeting. Experienced leaders in PHM facilitate networking and educational sessions that will arm you with the knowledge you need to outline your roadmap to career success.

Environmental Health Retreat

APA’s Environmental Health Retreat gives trainees an opportunity to present research-in-progress in an informal setting with faculty input on the project and presentation over two-and-a-half days. Attendees receive critical feedback and launch their research career.

National Meetings

APA trainee members get discounts to attend APA’s annual national meetings including the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting and the Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Meeting. Trainees can also submit an abstract and present their research as the meetings.

Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiation on Diversity (RAPID)

Underrepresented minority trainee members can apply to attend the annual RAPID career development conference. Chosen attendees’ expenses are paid to travel and participate in the small conference, enabling them to network with pediatric academician leaders.

Regional Meetings

APA’s 10 regions host annual meetings. Each meeting features a call for abstracts and workshops, giving trainees the opportunities to present their research and gather the feedback they need to advance their research. APA membership includes Region membership.

Research Networks

The APA is home to three practice-based research networks. Trainees can participate in nation-wide studies and serve as a representative on the executive leadership committees

Travel Grants

The APA offers its trainee members small travel grants for residents to attend their respective annual Regional Meetings. Awardees much be in their second year of residency and attend their Regional Meeting to receive the funds.

APA Resources by Career Level

Resources from trainees to leadership.

Including medical students, residents and fellows.

Including fellows and assistant professors.

Including assistant professors, associate professors and professors.

Including professors, emeritus and department leaders.