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

Scientific Program change requests: If you need to make a change to a session after the submission deadline, please click here.

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 excited to announce our PAS 2020 Lab innovations.

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.

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).

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.
      • PAS FRIDAY IN THE PARC(Pediatric Science And Research Career Day) – 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.
      • oM4 (Mentor/Mentee Mix & Mingle) Reception – Join fellow trainees, faculty leaders, and hospital sponsors for a reception that promises to be full of networking opportunities, pediatric specialty education and a warm welcome to PAS 2020!

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

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.

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.


  • New PAS lab pilot program that is taking the place of the historical Meet the Professor sessions on Sunday morning from 7:00am – 9:15am.  Led by 20-30 experts, this event allows attendees to come together with faculty leaders to discuss a variety of topic areas, share their perspectives, and build relationships. Topics will include career development and issues on the forefront of pediatric research and hot topics in pediatrics. Experts will lead 25-minute table top discussions that includes Q&A.  Attendees will have the opportunity to visit multiple tables. Please be sure to RSVP during the PAS Registration process.  NOTE: Attendance is limited to the first 300 attendee RSVP’s received. Be on the lookout for further scheduling details and topic areas to choose from in mid March. 


  • PosterCast – While you are in the poster hall, or for 30 days after the meeting concludes, use the free PosterCast app to listen to three-minute audio presentations recorded by the authors themselves – each one providing an overview of the author’s poster.


  • 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)