PEDS Apprenticeship Program

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PEDS Apprenticeship Program

Overarching Goals of the Apprenticeship Program

The Pediatrics Assembly’s Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide early career Pediatric Assembly members with an opportunity to be directly involved in guiding the future of ATS. Apprentices may serve with either the Program or Planning Committee (descriptions below). Under the mentorship of a committee member, Apprentices will get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the operations of the Pediatrics Assembly while developing skills for evaluation of committee applications and development of committee projects. Committee Apprentices may have the opportunity to ‘graduate’ into full Committee membership in the year following Apprenticeship.

Description of Program Committee

The purpose of the ATS Program Committees is to plan and program the assembly’s sessions for the International Conference. These include:

• Scientific Symposia • Sunrise Seminars• Clinical Topics in Pulmonary Medicine Track • Meet the Professor Seminars• Critical Care Track • Thematic Seminar Series• Workshops • Postgraduate Courses

 Assembly Program Committees also review abstracts submitted to their assembly and programs acceptable abstracts into the following formats:

 • Mini-Symposia• Poster Discussion Sessions• Thematic Poster Sessions

 Program Committee Apprentices participate in the process of designing the International Conference content, learning to evaluate abstract submissions and program Conference sessions.

Description of Planning Committee

The purpose of an Assembly Planning Committee is to develop a long range plan of work for the assembly. The assembly Planning Committees are responsible for reviewing and assisting in the development of New / Renewal assembly projects.  Planning Committees provide feedback on proposal development prior to final submission.  Planning Committees collaborate with the Documents Committee to assess currency of assembly-initiated documents and in the formulation of an action plan for those documents that need to be updated or archived. Planning Committees also develop and maintain the criteria for the assembly’s awards. Planning Committees review all award nominations and select awardees on a yearly basis.

Planning Committee Apprentices will learn to provide evaluations and reviews of Assembly/Committee project applications. Apprentices may have the opportunity to assist with the development of accepted project proposals.


In order to increase early career participation and engagement in assembly activities, the Assembly on Pediatrics will provide two Apprenticeship positions, one each for the Program and Planning Committees. We will generally define “early career” as faculty within five years of fellowship, although other applicants may be considered with sufficient justification.

Selection Process

The PED Early Career Professionals Working Group (PED ECP WG) will review and assess all applications. The PED ECP WG Chair will schedule a phone discussion to review applications and discuss all candidates chosen by any committee member as ranking in the top three for each committee. The committee will come to a consensus through discussion on the top choice and alternates for each position. Apprentices are chosen by the PED Early Career Professionals Working Group (PED ECP WG) Chair.