A message from TPS President Seth D. Kaplan, MD, FAAP:
I want to give you an update on the 2021 TPS Annual Meeting. After reviewing the results of the recent membership survey and after extensive discussions by the Executive Board, it has been decided to hold a virtual meeting in September.
We know that many will be disappointed with this decision, but the data from the membership survey made it clear that there is still a significant number of members who are not comfortable with a large in-person gathering and there was no clear path forward to having a fiscally responsible in-person meeting.
Building on the success of last year’s virtual annual meeting, we are excited about the educational opportunities that will be made possible by this decision, including the opportunity to have some nationally recognized speakers for hot topics. The Medical Education Committee is hard at work identifying hot topics and potential speakers, and the Committee has developed multiple educational tracks including adolescent medicine, mental health, medical home, clinical pearls, practice management, hospital care, health equity, and advocacy in action. The annual meeting will include other important components such as committee meetings, section events, the annual business meeting, and exhibits.
Of course, we had hoped to gather together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of TPS. Instead, we are looking forward to additional opportunities to come together in person to mark this occasion. This may include a leadership retreat in the fall to strategize our best path forward, especially in the advocacy and legislative arenas. It will also include gathering in May 2022 for the ALPS in San Antonio, which will include a celebration for all members to culminate our 100th anniversary year.
The decision to hold a virtual meeting this September was made with great care and deliberation for how we could best meet the needs of the greatest number of TPS members. Moving forward, we fully plan on resuming in-person gatherings as early as later in the fall as noted above. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns about this decision. Thank you all for continuing to elevate the health and well-being of children and their families during these challenging times. Please save the date for the upcoming virtual annual meeting, September 9-12, 2021. We assure you it will be an educational event with innovative programming and a chance to meet virtually with friends and colleagues. More information will be coming in early summer.
Seth D. Kaplan