Top academic pediatricians, policy makers, and clinicians utilize a variety of innovative approaches to address high-quality, scholarly topics of interest to the broad constituencies attending the PAS Meeting.

Scholarly Session Important Dates
Call for Scholarly Sessions: Aug. 6-Oct. 2, 2019
Proposal Review and Selection: Oct. 2-23, 2019
Notification sent by email: Nov. 8, 2019

As part of our ongoing efforts to deliver the premier North American scholarly child health meeting, PAS is focused on developing ways to improve collaboration, discovery, engagement, and networking at the PAS Meeting.

We are also excited to announce our PAS 2020 Lab innovations. These innovations, Cross-Disciplinary Spotlight and Learning Pathways are briefly described below with links to our website for more detailed information.

Cross-Disciplinary Spotlight:  For PAS 2020, we especially encourage submission of cross-disciplinary presentations that demonstrate different approaches to high interest topics. Some examples:

  • In-depth, updated presentations about peanut allergy management, involving bench research, clinical care delivery, advocacy, and community involvement relevant to managing children with severe peanut allergy.
  • Workforce pipeline development and related issues common across pediatric subspecialties.
  • Approaches to genetic analytics in patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Learning Pathways:  The new Learning Pathways below provide a mechanism for developing cross-disciplinary content. We encourage you to employ these over-arching concepts as you develop your submissions. As you do so, keep in mind how basic, clinical/translational, and health services research topics relate to each pathway.

1) Digital Therapeutics Pathway: Highlights EHR utilization, telehealth, eHealth applications, big data analytics, and evidence-based therapeutics driven by high quality software programs and wearable technologies to prevent, manage, and/or treat medical issues (i.e. adherence).

2) Trainee Pathway: Focuses on career development, networking, skills development and informational sessions that foster mentor/mentee interactions. As you consider this pathway, please be aware and consider the following PAS Labs to be tested at the 2020 Meeting:

    • Trainee Zone – A networking and lounge space for trainees and conducive to 15 minute “mini” career sessions throughout the conference schedule. These mini-sessions are ideal for exposing trainees to career opportunities in pediatric specialty/subspecialties or pediatric research as well awards, grants, mentoring or other programs offered by PAS Partner and Alliance societies.
    • Early Career Investigator Day & Evening Reception – This new focus for Friday’s pre-conference programming creates opportunities for PAS Partner and Alliance societies to continue growing the pediatric research pipeline and to feature their career development initiatives.
    • Expert Round Table Discussions – Led by 20 – 30 experts on subjects of interest to our attendees, these Round Table Discussions allow attendees with a shared common interest time on Sunday morning to come together to share ideas, ask questions of experts, and build relations.

    3) Clinical/Research Pathway: Highlights up-to-date clinical practice standards in child health, including clinical trials, global health care delivery, clinically-integrated pathways and care standards, and clinical scenario simulations, especially those focused on bench to bedside and back.

    4) Education Pathway: Focuses on best practice and innovations in medical education for all participants, including diversity, development, equity, implicit bias in practice, and physician burnout and work-life balance issues.

    5) Advocacy Pathway: Highlights population and community health, public policy, social determinants of health, integrated care pathways (across community foundations, education and healthcare delivery organizations) and emerging topics relevant to child health. Includes topics relevant to life span, value-based care, and quality improvement science.

    I look forward to working with each of you to grow these cross-disciplinary sessions and opportunities and value your expertise and continued support of the PAS Meeting.

    Best Regards,

    Patrick D. Brophy MD, MHCDS
    PAS Program Chair

    Scholarly Session Program Formats

    • Basic-Translational-Clinical Roundtables encourage collaboration between basic scientists, translational researchers, and clinicians. Roundtables outline a pediatric healthcare challenge and investigative approach, provide an overview of new therapeutic applications, and discuss emerging mechanisms and biological effects being discovered. The goal: identify areas for further exploration to develop novel research and optimize therapies. (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • Clubs focused sessions that are organized by club members and are open to all attendees at no additional fee. (1-3 hours)
      • Audrey K. Brown Kernicterus Symposium
        Bilirubin Club
        Bioethics Interest Group
        Directors of Research Club
        Lung Club
        Milk Club
        Neonatal Feeding Club
        Neonatal Hemodynamics Club
        Neonatal Sepsis Club
        NICU Follow Up Club
        Pediatric Hospital Medicine Club
        Perinatal Brain Club
        Perinatal Nutrition Club
    • Debate/Pro-Con Discussions address a variety of controversies across pediatrics: diagnostics, medical management, therapeutics, research strategies, policy, and more. Look for robust debate and audience participation across 2-3 related topics. (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • Expert Round Table Discussions led by 20-30 experts on subjects of interest to our attendees, these Round Table Discussions allow attendees with a shared common interest time on Sunday morning to come together to share ideas, ask questions of experts, and build relations. (expands on the Meet the Professor session) (1.5 hours)
    • Hot Topic Symposia focus on issues targeted to more specialized audiences, e.g., subspecialists, general pediatricians, educators, etc., than those covered in State of the Art Plenary sessions. Hot Topic Symposia generally include 3-4 presentations with time for active audience discussion. (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • Panel Discussions provide an interesting and engaging learning opportunity. Led by a moderator with subject area expertise, 3-5 panelists dive deep into timely pediatric issues and encourage audience participation. (1.5 to 2 hours)
    • Presidential Plenaries Presidents of the four PAS partner societies—American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Academic Pediatric Association (APA), American Pediatric Society (APS), Society for Pediatric Research (SPR)—and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) Alliance each sponsor a Plenary Platform Session featuring special speakers and scientific presentations. (1.5-2 hours)
    • State of the Art Plenary sessions present seminal advances in pediatrics featuring issues with a major impact on the health of children—advances in biomedical research, health policy, and other issues affecting the academic pediatrics field. Plenary sessions usually have invited lectures from one to three recognized leaders; due to large audience size, opportunities for significant interaction are limited. (1.5 to 2 hours)