Educational Sessions

The National Conference offers sessions in a variety of formats to enhance your educational experience. Note the detailed descriptions for formats below. Every session (except workshops and courses) is open to all who have paid the general registration fee.

Understanding Session Codes

AAP session codes include letter and numbers for a very specific purpose. The letter in a session code indicates the format: A=Audience Response Sessions; C=Courses; D= Point-Counterpoint Sessions; F=Focused Topics; H=Section/Council Programs; I=Interactive Group Forums; P=Plenary Sessions; S=Seminars; W=Workshops; V=Special Events (not designated for CME credit). The number in the session code indicates the day: 0000 level =pre-conference; 1000 level=day 1; 2000 level=day 2; 3000 level=day 3; 4000 level=day 4

(A) Audience-Response Sessions

ARSs convey an in-depth review or update on a specific topic, with emphasis on practical information for general pediatricians.  This information is conveyed through the interactive discussion of cases prepared by faculty combined with audience use of our Poll Everywhere technology to answer multiple-choice questions. Results are tabulated, and explanations about the correct answers follow.

Morning Sessions: 8:30am – 10:00am
Early Afternoon Sessions: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Late Afternoon Sessions: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

(I) Interactive Group Forums – Limited Seating Available

IGFs are highly interactive, giving attendees an opportunity to hone a specific skill. Under the guidance of faculty, attendees will break into small groups to practice role-playing, engage in problem solving, and participate in techniques that have been demonstrated. To ensure optimal interaction, attendance is limited.

Morning Sessions: 8:30am – 10:00am
Early Afternoon Sessions: 2:00PM – 3:30pm
Late Afternoon Sessions: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

(P) Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions offer focused presentations that cover critical or cutting-edge topics and are open to all attendees and their guests who have paid the general registration fee.

10:30am – 12:10pm

(H) Section/Council Programs

Developed by sections/councils of the AAP, section/council programs provide a forum for the advanced discussion of clinical matters or research developments related to a particular subspecialty or special interest area. While geared toward section and council members, some programs may be of particular interest to general pediatricians as well. Education sessions are open to all attendees and their family members who have paid the general registration fee.

Session dates and times vary by section and council; please consult the program for details.

(F) Focused Topics

Focused Topics are 45-minute, in-depth discussions of highly focused topic areas.

Morning Sessions: 7:30am– 8:15am | 8:30am – 9:15am | 9:30am – 10:15am
Early Afternoon Sessions: 2:00pm – 2:45pm | 3:00pm – 3:45pm
Late Afternoon Sessions: 4:00pm – 4:45pm | 5:00pm – 5:45pm
Tuesday Only Sessions: 12:45pm – 1:30pm

(S) Seminars

A seminar offers an interactive opportunity to provide an in-depth overview or an update on a topic with emphasis on practical information for the general pediatrician. In order to keep the audience engaged and attentive, the seminar may be divided into several segments using case discussions or brief lectures with a short Q&A period.

Morning Sessions: 8:30am – 10:00am
Early Afternoon Sessions: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Late Afternoon Sessions:4:00pm – 5:30pm

(D) Point-Counter Point Sessions

Learn both sides of the latest issues in a debate format. Attendees will hear evidence related to each of these topics, better understand the pros and cons from the experts.  

4:00pm –5:00pm (Saturday and Monday)
8:30am-9:30am and 4:00pm –5:00pm (Sunday)
8:30am-9:30am (Tuesday)

(W) Workshops – Ticketed Session (Fee Required)

Attendees participating in workshops get a hands-on opportunity to hone a specific clinical skill. Under the guidance of a faculty member and teaching assistants, participants will break into small groups to practice techniques that have been demonstrated.

Morning Sessions: 8:30am – 10:00am
Early Afternoon Sessions: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Late Afternoon Sessions: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Attendance is limited. Workshops require additional tickets and a materials fee of $75.