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


Cross-Disciplinary Spotlight:  We encourage the 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.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Racism and academic pediatrics
  • The intersection of pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric emergency medicine topics
  • Cardiology and neurodevelopment for long-term outcomes of cardiac surgery or pediatric cancer survivors
  • Nutrition in the PICU
  • Telemedicine and technology for distanced-care delivery, ranging from primary care to intensive care
  • Behavioral health integration as an approach to multi-disciplinary research
  • Oral health equity and access
  • Multidisciplinary treatment of obesity
  • Health equity across disciplines

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: Highlight 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: 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: Health services that examine the use, costs, quality, accessibility, delivery, organization, financing, and outcomes of health care services to increase knowledge and understanding of the structure, processes, and effects of health services for individuals and populations; epidemiology studies on the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations.
  • Trainee Pathway: Focuses on career development, networking, skills development, and informational sessions that foster mentor/mentee interactions.


The Trainee Zone provides a designated online meeting place with opportunities to connect, network, and learn. PAS trainees can watch live and on-demand talks from institutions, schedule appointments with institutional leadership, learn about job postings and participate in networking rooms within the zone.


For PAS 2021, four PAS Special Interest Groups are being piloted to address the interdisciplinary discussion of critical research, practice, and advocacy areas. Session submission is limited to the leadership of the following groups:

PAS SIG: Behavioral Health

PAS SIG: Environmental Health

PAS SIG: Global Societies in Pediatrics Across Networks (G-SPAN)

PAS SIG: Maternal Child Health


Friday | April 30, 2021 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT
CME Credits: 6.0
US $100 per course

PAS Postgraduate Courses cover basic, translational, and clinical science from fetal physiology to post-discharge follow-up. Speakers will discuss current research advances, provide ideas for the development of research or quality improvement projects, and address career development in their presentations.

Target Audience:
Neonatal fellows, junior faculty, associate professors, and scientists interested in hearing the latest research and developing skills to advance their research career in a collegial, interactive format.

PAS Postgraduate Course: Neonatal Pulmonology: Bridging the Gap in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

PAS Postgraduate Course: Neonatal PulmonologyBridging the Gap in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

Target Audience: Neonatal or other Pediatric fellows, junior faculty, associate professors, and scientists interested in hearing the latest and greatest research and clinical management in neonatal pulmonology as it relates to Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.

Description: A postgraduate course covering the latest clinical, translational, and clinical research and practice in BPD 

Basic and Translational Science – Moderator: Rita Ryan, MD           

9 am –  Antecedents to BPD and BPD-associated pulmonary hypertension – Steven Abman, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine

10 am –  Microbiomics and Metabolomics in BPD – Namasivayam Ambalavanan, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham

11 am –   MicroRNAs in BPD – Vineet Bhandari, MD, DM, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Noon   one hour break

Clinical Science – Moderator: Vineet Bhandari, MD

1 pm –  Antioxidants and BPD – Trent Tipple, MD, University of Oklahoma

1:30 pm –  A Primer on Severe BPD: Data from the BPD Collaborative – Leif Nelin, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

2:00 pm –  Pharmacotherapy of BPD and BPD-associated pulmonary hypertension – Rita Ryan, MD, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

2:30 pm –  Ventilation Strategies in Severe BPD – Martin Keszler, MD, Brown University

3 pm –  Post-discharge Pulmonary Outcomes of BPD – Jennifer Landry, MD, MSc, McGill University

3:30 pm –  Antenatal Approaches to Prevent BPD – Cynthia McEvoy, MD, MCR, Oregon Health & Science University

PAS Postgraduate Course: Neonatal Neurology: HIE-focused Project-Based Learning

PAS Postgraduate Course: Neonatal Neurology: HIE-focused Project-Based Learning

Target Audience: Neonatal Fellows, Junior Faculty, Associate Professors, and Scientists interested in developing their understanding and skills to advance their research career in Neonatal Neurology.

9 am – Etiologies of Encephalopathy in the Newborn – Andrea Pardo, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Taeun Chang, MD, Children’s National Hospital 

10 am – The Hammersmith Neonatal Neurological Exam – Kristen Benninger, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

11 am – Acute Symptomatic Seizures in the Newborn – Courtney Wusthoff, MD, Stanford Children’s Hospital, and Shavonne Massey, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

Noon – one hour break 

1 pm Outcomes in HIE –  Sunny Juul, MD PhD, University of Washington

2 pm – Giving Diagnoses & Prognosis after Neural Insults – Sarah Winter, MD, University of Utah, and Mary Lauren Neel, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

3 pm – Designing a Research Question – Tommy Wood, BM BCh PhD, University of Washington, Roberta Ballard, UC San Francisco, and Sunny Juul, MD PhD, University of Washington


PAS Postgraduate Course: Neo NutGut: A Postgraduate Course Covering Neonatal Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Physiology

PAS Postgraduate Course: Neo NutGut: A Postgraduate Course Covering Neonatal Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Physiology

Target Audience: Neonatal fellows, junior faculty, associate professors, and scientists interested in developing skills to advance their research career and hearing the latest and greatest research in neonatal nutrition and GI physiology.

Description: An overview of our current understanding and latest discoveries in basic, translational, and clinical science of nutrition and metabolism from fetal metabolism to preterm infant post-discharge nutrition. In addition to delivering an overview of current research advances, each presentation will include ideas for development of research or quality improvement projects and with a career development pearl.

Basic Science & Translational Science    

9 am –  Intrauterine growth restriction – Laura Brown, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine

10 am – Necrotizing enterocolitis – Misty Good, MD, MS, Washington University in St. Louis

11 am – Metabolomics – Camilia Martin, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Noon   one hour break

Clinical Science

1 pm – Nutrition and especially human milk for infants with cardiac disease – Amy Hair, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital

2 pm – Approaches to growth faltering in very low birth weight infants – Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS, Cincinnati Children’s 

3 pm – Post-discharge nutrition for preterm infants – Sarah Taylor, MD, MSCR, Yale University School of Medicine

PAS Ethics Course for Fellows and Junior Faculty: Ethical Principles Foundational to Medical Professionalism

Friday | April 30, 2021 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm CT
CME Credits: 5.0
US $100

Overview: This course will provide education and instruction in core principles of ethics related to the practice of medicine, designed to satisfy ACGME Common Program Requirement IV.5.

Target Audience: Trainees, training program leadership

PAS Ethics Course for Fellows and Junior Faculty: Ethical Principles Foundational to Medical Professionalism

9:00 am – Introduction: Format for the conference, Introduction of speakers – John D. Lantos, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

9:15 am – Mentoring, coaching, and sponsorship for early-career physicians and scientists – Tyler Smith, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

9:55 am – 360o of Human Subjects Protections in Clinical and Translational Pediatrics Research – Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, The University of Chicago

10:35 am – Break

10:45 am – Wellness and Professionalism: How to Not Freak Out (Too Much) nor Burn Out and Have Some Fun, & Be Kind and Courageous – Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

11:25 am– Intraprofessional dynamics in clinical care and research – Angela Ellison, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

12:05 pm – Lunch Break

1:00 pm – Cultural and Structural Humility in Research and Practice – Amy Caruso Brown, MD, MA, SUNY Upstate Medical University

1:40 pm – Openly Doctoring: Navigating Social Media as a Physician – Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA, Stanford University

2:20 pm – Break

2:30 pm – Who owns ideas? – John D. Lantos MD, Children’s Mercy/University of Missouri – Kansas City

3:10 pm – Case Studies in Ethics and Professionalism – The Faculty

3:50 pm –  Wrap up and evaluation