Resident and Fellow Section


What does TPS offer their resident/fellow section members?


  • Participate in the TPS Resident/Medical Student Advocacy Day each year in February/March.
  • Join a TPS Committee. TPS residents and fellows can participate on a committee from August 1 - July 31 each year, but you can join at any point throughout the year! Click here for a list of committee descriptions and the committee online application.
  • Submit an electronic poster for the e-poster contest that generally runs from March to May.
  • Attend the Saturday resident/fellow section session dedicated to help grow your professional development.
  • Compete in the annual Jacobi Jug, a fast paced competition held in conjunction with the TPS Annual Meeting.
  • Receive special invites to TPS events, like the TPS Annual Leadership Planning Summit, or TPS Annual Meeting.
  • TPS serves as the fiscal agent for grants.
  • Get quick access to AAP resources and links.

Residents/Fellows Online Application: A resident or fellow currently enrolled in an approved Texas pediatric training or fellowship program. Dues: $20


TPS Advocacy Day (February or March)
Is a complimentary one-day event was to engage the next generation of pediatricians in the legislative process by providing the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to successfully advocate on behalf of patients and the profession of medicine. Visit the TPS Advocacy Day webpage for more details.

TPS Annual Meeting (September or October)
TPS offers a special section program specifically for residents, fellows and medical students in conjunction with the TPS Annual Meeting. During their dedicated program, attendees can experience: Pediatric Sub-Specialty Networking, updates from TPS and AAP leadership, hot pediatric topics and the popular Jacobi Jug.

TEACH TX (Must be an AAP Trainee Member to login)
All children in Texas deserve safe and nurturing communities that promote resilience, embrace equity and opportunity, and allow them to reach their maximum potential.

Mission: Support pediatric residency programs of Texas in a collective effort to:

  • Train future pediatricians to be life-long advocates through rich learning experiences and skill development
  • Develop and share progressive curricula that are culturally sensitive and community specific
  • Foster collaboration with community partners as fundamental to the work of ALL pediatricians


TPS residents and fellows can participate on a committee -  Click here for a list of committee descriptions and the committee online application.


Check out who is representing your program on the TPS Resident Executive Planning Committee. Feel free to contact your school representative with any ideas or feedback! Get to know your future colleagues at TPS events.

Current TPS Resident Planning Subcommittee members:

2020 TPS Resident Planning Subcommittee
Name Program
Emily Dewar, MD  UT Dell (Board Representative)
Carlos Sisniega, MD Driscoll Children’s (Alternate Board Representative)
Justin Julian, MD Baylor/TCH
Tess Pham Bruette, MD Baylor Scott & White
Radhika Pillai, MD  Baylor San Antonio
Camille Phillips, MD UT Dell
Ophelia Tran, MD TTUHSC-El Paso
Katherine Leach, MD UT Health Houston
Tebyan Rabbani, DO  UT Health San Antonio 
Murad Almasri, MD UTMB
  UT Southwestern


Always check our website for the most current grants available.

Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program Call for Proposals
The Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program is a national initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that supports pediatricians to lead innovative, community-based initiatives that increase children's access to optimal health or well-being.  Find promotional material to encourage pediatricians and pediatric residents to submit a proposal by January 15, 2020 for the CATCH Program. This program awards pediatricians up to $10,000 and residents up to $2,000 to fund innovative ideas to plan or implement initiatives that address critical child health issues in local communities. Have questions? Contact: CATCH staff

The Call for Proposals for CPTI’s Advocacy Training Grant is now open!
The deadline to apply is January 14, 2022 by Midnight EST.

CPTI supports 4 pediatric faculty-resident pairs annually to attend the AAP Advocacy Conference.  Following the conference, the faculty-resident pairs are required to implement an educational project in collaboration with their AAP chapter to strengthen the advocacy skills of their trainees.  The AAP Chapter will receive up to $1,000 in grant funds to support this advocacy project.

This year’s Advocacy Conference will be held on March 20-22, 2022.  The conference format is currently unknown, but AAP is hopefully it will be in person.

For more information and to apply, please visit   Please share this email with anyone you think might be interested in this opportunity!


Annual E-Poster Contest

The primary goal of the TPS Poster Contest is to feature and showcase research and education projects of Texas pediatric residents/fellows as well as medical students who are interested in pediatrics. There are cash prizes, travel rebates, and the First Place and Honorable Mentions Winners attend the TPS annual meeting. Check out E-Poster Contest Winners History!


  • Single or Multiple Case Presentation
  • Evidence Based Medicine/Quality Improvement*
  • Hypothesis-Driven Project*
  • Medical Education Initiative**

*Children Advocacy is encouraged under Evidence Based Medicine and Hypothesis-Driven Project.

**This category will showcase a description of an innovative idea in medical education developed or utilized by a trainee to disseminate pediatric knowledge, skills or attitudes to advance the care of children. Award prizes underwritten by Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

Jacobi Jug Annual Competition

About the Jacobi Jug Competition:
Jacobi Jug is a fast-paced interactive competition that will review six key topics that physicians state they have a knowledge gap in and will include some discussion and education focused on these topics. TPS usually accepts 2-4 member teams that include at least one intern to participate

Past Winners of the Jacobi Jug:

2019 - Driscoll Children's Hospital
2018 - Baylor College of Medicine-Houston (returning 2017 champions) tied with Baylor College of Medicine-San Antonio
2017 - Baylor College of Medicine and Driscoll Childrens Hospital tied
2016 - Driscoll Childrens Hospital
2015 - Baylor College of Medicine
2014 - University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio
2013 - Children's Medical Center/UT Southwestern
2012 - Children's Medical Center/UT Southwestern
2011 - Driscoll Children's Hospital Corpus Christi
2010 - University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio

TPS Membership

For $20, you can become a member, apply here. Not sure if your program pays for membership? Contact us regarding Membership. You can also download a paper membership application (PDF) and fax/scan/mail with a check.


2021 Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award - Deadline July 2, 2021
The Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award is supported by the Dyson Foundation and celebrates the outstanding efforts of residents as they work in their communities to improve the health of children. This award seeks to showcase projects that are designed and implemented by residents with the aim to improve the lives of children as well as advocate on behalf of them. Projects must have been fully implemented and completed before the time of application to be considered for this award. Further information for this award is attached. The application and all supporting materials are due July 2, 2021. Any questions can be directed to Kimberley VandenBrook.

CPTI Newsletter highlights CATCH and other opportunities relevant to residency programs.

AAP Mentorship Program


For additional information about the Resident/Fellow Section, please contact:
Crystal Healey, Director of Member Services
401 West 15th Street, Suite 682
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 370-1517