Resident Committee

MCAAP Resident Committee

Residents and fellows from pediatric residency programs throughout the state joined in an effort to advocate for children during the annual Residents and Fellows Day at the Massachusetts State House (RFDASH) on June 10th. The event, founded ten years ago by residents at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), was organized this year by MGHfC pediatric residents Rachel Sagor, MD; Michael Epstein, MD; Molly Wolf, MD and Aisha James, MD.

Since its inception, the event has allowed residents and fellows to express their support for 27 bills, many of which have been passed and are current Massachusetts law. This year the group advocated for improving earned income tax credit for working families, securing funding for rapid pediatric psychiatric consultation in the primary care setting, and improving regulation of, and limiting underage access to electronic cigarettes. This year’s keynote was given by immediate past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical school, primary care pediatrician, Dr. James Perrin. The residents also received lobbying and advocacy training from experts in the field, as well as briefings about the bills by area medical professionals, before meeting with representatives to discuss the bills. – Rachel Sagor, M.D.

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MCAAP Resident Committee Mission Statement
The mission of the Resident Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP) is to offer enthusiastic representation for resident MCAAP members, promote collaboration between residents and other members/committees of the MCAAP, and to utilize the resources of the MCAAP to empower residents to improve the health and wellness of children and adolescents in Massachusetts.

MCAAP Resident Committee Member Roles and Responsibilities
The roles and responsibilities of MCAAP Resident Committee members include:

  • Serve as a liaison between the MCAAP and the residency program that you represent
  • Identify ways in which the MCAAP can provide valuable benefits, resources, and learning opportunities to resident members, including: mentorship, advocacy, and service opportunities
  • Provide input about potential programming that would be valuable to pediatric residents and assist in planning and implementing these programs
  • Help to keep the MCAAP community informed of resident activities and topics important to residents by periodically authoring a column in the quarterly MCAAP Forum Newsletter
  • Ensure that presentations about the value of MCAAP and AAP membership are integrated into the curriculum at the programs that you represent (e.g. conferences, didactic series, orientation programming)
  • Identify ways in which the Chapter can collaborate with trainees on AAP initiatives on the national and state level
  • Attend quarterly MCAAP Resident Committee meetings hosted by the MCAAP and annual receptions to welcome new young physicians to the MCAAP
  • Communicate with other MCAAP Resident Committee members via monthly conference calls and 1-2 annual in-person committee meetings
  • Each year, ensure that 2-3 Resident Committee members from each institution are identified so that a succession plan is implemented for ongoing sustainability