Top academic pediatricians, policymakers, 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: Sept. 9-Oct. 6, 2020
Proposal Review and Selection: Oct. 9-21, 2020
Notification sent by email: Nov. 13, 2020

Scientific Program change requests: If you need to make a change to a session after the submission deadline, please click here. Please note: If your session is selected, we will work with you on final details to ensure the best possible session for a virtual environment. If a session will be broadcast as a live-stream presentation, the presenters agree to be available during the broadcast and agree to be recorded.

Scholarly Session Proposal Instructions – need to be updated

PAS is focused on developing ways to improve collaboration, discovery, engagement, and networking at the PAS Meeting.

Cross-Disciplinary Spotlight:  We encourage submission of cross-disciplinary presentations that engage multiple viewpoints to address 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.
  • COVID-19 findings/research that is interdisciplinary in approach.

Learning Pathways – PAS 2021

The new Learning Pathways below provide a mechanism for identifying content throughout the program. You are encouraged 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.

  • 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.
  • Basic Science Pathway: Focuses on foundational science research based on hypothesis-driven experimental design.
  • Career Development Pathway: High-lights resources and strategies for building and evolving a medical professional career, including leadership, transitioning between academic levels, working in the industry, and mentoring opportunities to strengthen the physician-research pipeline.
  • Clinical Research Pathway: Revisions to definition needed as split into two pathways this year (Clinical Research Pathway and Epidemiology & Health Services 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.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Spotlight: Indicates sessions that take a broad approach to examining a complex problem, especially those that are of interest to multiple specialty areas.
  • 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).
  • Education Pathway: Focuses on best practices and innovations in medical education for all participants, including diversity, development, equity, implicit bias in practice, and physician burnout and work-life balance issues.
  • Epidemiology & Health Services Pathway: Needs a definition
  • Trainee Pathway: Focuses on career development, networking, skills development, and informational sessions that foster mentor/mentee interactions.


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: to identify areas for further exploration, develop novel research, and optimize therapies.

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.

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.

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.

Presidential Plenaries Presidents of the four PAS partner and two alliance societies sponsor a Plenary Platform Session featuring special speakers and scientific presentations.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Partner
  • Academic Pediatric Association (APA) – Partner
  • American Pediatric Society (APS) – Partner
  • Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) – Partner
  • American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) – Alliance
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) – Alliance (PIDS Top Abstracts)

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.

Clubs focused sessions that are organized by club members and are open to all attendees at no additional fee.

  • 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