Meetings & Internships

You can find information here about opportunities for residents to attend regional and national meetings or to apply for internships related to Child Advocacy. Please contact Dr. Diane Pappas at if you need more information or assistance.

UVA Department of Pediatrics Annual Research Symposium

Every spring, faculty, fellows, and residents share their research with colleagues and the community. Watch your email for more information!

Southern Society for Pediatric Research (SSPR)

All trainees and junior faculty are eligible for travel awards to this meeting. Please submit your abstracts!

Academic Pediatrics Association

Submit your abstracts for presentation at the APA Region IV Annual Meeting! The annual meeting for region IV (DC, MD, NC, VA) is usually held in February at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel. Residents, faculty, and students are encouraged to submit abstracts for presentation at the annual meeting. Presentations are usually short (about 20 minutes) and may involve an evolving or recently completed project or study.

This is a great way to see what academic general pediatrics is all about, share ideas, and meet others in our region facing the same primary care issues.

Contact Dr. Diane Pappas at for details, registration materials, or if you are interested in submitting a proposal for a presentation or poster.

Medical-Legal Partnership National Summit

This annual meeting is usually held in March of each year. Dates and location for the 2011 summit will be available soon.

AAP Department of Federal Affairs Internship Program

The American Academy of Pediatrics Department of Federal Affairs (Washington. D.C.) offers a fantastic internship program for those interested in learning more about children’s health issues, the legislative process and public affairs. The program is available to undergraduate, graduate and medical students, residents, and AAP members and is designed to provide an individualized experience tailored to individual interests and goals. Participants learn directly how public policy is determined, how the legislative process works, the benefit of coalitions, and the operations of our own AAP organization.

Internship activities may include:

  • Congressional hearings related to children’s health
  • Department of Health and Human Services meetings and hearings
  • Preparation of background material for use with Congress, various health agencies, and AAP members
  • Working with public affairs staff to effectively communicate information regarding legislative issues to reporters, AAP members, and the general public

Interns must arrange for their own housing, meals, and transportation.

To apply, send a letter detailing your professional/educational status, your expectations for the program, and whether you will receive credit for your participation (and any requirements needed for you to receive credit) to:

American Academy of Pediatrics
601 13th Street, NW Suite 400
North Washington, D. C. 20005

For more information, call 202-347-8600.

AAP Resident Section International Rotation Travel Grants

The AAP resident section awards several $750 grants annually to residents who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in a developing country.