Welcome to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP) Residents page! Pediatric residents play a key role in the PA AAP. Two residents are liaisons to the Board of Directors and have an active voice in the policies and programs of the chapter. The PA AAP holds a Resident Career Day every Fall for PL2s which highlights career opportunities, loan forgiveness, applying for a fellowship and work/life balance. In addition, once per state legislative session, the PA AAP holds a Legislative Advocacy Day in the state Capitol with a focus on an active bill that the chapter supports for passage. All PA residency programs have the opportunity to send interested residents to this unique experience. For more information on opportunities for residents with the PA Chapter, contact us.

The AAP is organized into state chapters and chapters are clustered into districts. Pennsylvania is in District III. To connect with your national AAP District III Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) representatives:

Every residency program designates a Program Delegate(s) to represent their organization in SOMSRFT. SOMSFRT created a national advocacy campaign in 2005, and have been building momentum ever since. Our current campaign is P.A.V.E. the Way to Firearm Prevention.

The AAP offers CATCH grants, Dyson Awards and other support to enable your own local advocacy work.

Other important links:
National Health Service Corps

PA Loan Repayment Program through the PA Dept of Health

PA State Board of Medicine - Licensure Information

PA CME Requirements (see pdf)
PA School Immunization Requirements

Resident Corner: Access 4 Kids

Every year, the Section on Pediatric Trainees has implemented an advocacy campaign. Currently, we are in the middle of "Access 4 Kids." The focus of this campaign is advocating for improved access to healthcare for all children. This has been difficult at times this year and even has teetered on the brink of extinction for some children. The four main populations of children that the campaign is geared toward are: children living in foster care or group homes; immigrant children; children identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning; and, children with special health care needs. These groups have been recognized as some of the most vulnerable.

The attention this quarter is toward access to healthcare for immigrant children and The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). DACA has been in place since 2012 and has granted eligible youth relief from deportation and work authorization, enabling them to better care for themselves and their families and give back to their communities. However, on September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it will end DACA in 6 months.

Access to healthcare and the ability to visit a physician is essential in improving and determining children's health. We as trainees recognize this key piece to children's health and well-being and are dedicated to advocating for our patients. We encourage all pediatricians to get involved. Reach out to your local residency programs for more information!

See these resources: 
AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit
AAP Immigrant Health Toolkit, and the 
AAP statement from September 2017 on the reversal of DACA.