Early Career Physicians

The Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) was organized in 1999 as a provisional section and gained full section status in 2001. The section is for those members within 10 years of training.

Early career physicians are part of a unique and growing demographic within the AAP, with their own specific needs and interests. Approximately 75% are women, with many interested in working part-time, and many with young families. Early career physicians have placed a priority on being able to integrate work and family life. They are encountering issues related to the ever-changing world of managed care, many of which were not extensively addressed in residency training. They are a highly mobile group, with many changing jobs within the first 2-5 years out of training. Many are seeking mentorship and networking opportunities to support and guide them through the early years of practice.

Stay tuned to this page for updates on how the chapter is supporting its early career pediatrician members.



October Town Hall
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August Town Hall
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June Town Hall
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Meet Your Early Career Representatives

Our SOECP representatives are available to support you. Please contact the Chapter if you have any questions.
Chapter2@aap-ca.org      (818) 422-9877

Melissa Ruiz, MD, FAAP
SOECP District Rep.


Christine Thang, MD, FAAP
SOECP Asst. District Rep.

Pallavi Kamra, MD, FAAP
SOECP Chapter Rep.