Guidelines for Special Interest Groups


APA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were instituted to provide a forum for interested members to collaborate and facilitate communication in a particular area of general pediatrics. The APA Board of Directors has provided an operational template for these SIGs.

The SIGs have provided a valuable venue for our membership to network with other colleagues with similar interests, to provide a forum to discuss issues concerning relevant topics to the SIGS, and work towards goals that will benefit the membership of the Academic Pediatric Association at large. Some of the outcomes of the SIGS have included annual innovative meetings, invited speakers at the national PAS Meeting, development of research awards, topic specific manuals, collaborative research projects and collaborative policy statements.

Over the years a very diverse set of SIGs has been established in a variety of disciplines. Their structure varies from a cohesive group of individuals focused on curriculum development, program enhancement or research initiatives to the smaller group that facilitates more informal networking opportunities at the annual meeting. The APA Board of Directors is supportive of each of the individual SIGs, acknowledging that each SIG's continuing success in fueled by the contributions of its individual members.

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APA SIG Handbook

The APA Board of Directors has provided an operational template for APA Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Please review the Handbook to learn more about how SIGs provide a forum for interested members of the APA to collaborate and facilitate communication in a particular area of pediatrics. The Handbook can be accessed here

Request for Support from APA Staff

Staff within the APA central office provide administrative support to individual SIGs and collect information from SIG Chairs for PAS planning.

SIGs may develop appropriate programming for the organization and request support from the APA central office to help in their program development, implementation and support. A SIG Chair may submit a proposal for programming updates with this form

All requests will be reviewed during an upcoming Board of Directors meeting and may be approved or given feedback for further refinement.

Submit Annual Report

SIG Chairs are required to submit an annual report in June of each year. Reports should be submitted through this link.

Request Webpage Updates

SIG Chairs may request to update the information on their respective SIG webpages by submitting details through this survey.

All SIG webpages are expected to be updated twice a year:

  • Early Spring (in preparation for an upcoming PAS Meeting)
  • End of Summer (sharing details/action items from a recent PAS Meeting)



















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