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MWSPR Junior Member Section

Purpose: To introduce and integrate fellows, residents and junior faculty from the Midwest to MWSPR by promoting scholarly work and providing mentorship, resources and educational offerings for successfully transitioning to faculty positions.

The MWSPR Junior Member Section will serve as a resource for
• Professional and scholarly networking in a variety of settings and platforms
• Mentorship and resources for developing essential skills for academic career development
• Opportunities for participation in the activities of the Society.

Junior Member Section members will not have voting rights, but may participate in the Society activities at the discretion of the Council.

Eligibility: Fellows and residents who are currently enrolled in a pediatric training program in an academic institution in the Midwest and junior faculty within 3 years of fellowship.
Application Process: Candidates should submit an application form signed by their Program Director or Department Chair.

Dues: There are no dues for Junior Section membership. It is anticipated that the Junior Section members will transition to Full membership at the conclusion of their eligibility period.

Structure: The Junior Member Section will have a President and a President-Elect elected by the Section members. A President-Elect will be elected each year with the expectation that she/he will become the President the next year. If the President or President-Elect relinquishes the position for any reason, a special election will be held to select a new President or President-Elect to serve the remaining part of the year.

Responsibility of the President:
- Represent the interests of junior members at Council meetings
- Represent MWSPR at the SPR Junior Section meetings
- Help develop and maintain mentorship program to connect trainees with faculty for professional development and networking purposes
- Produce and distribute newsletters to the section members

Responsibility of the President-Elect
- Represent the needs and interests of trainees at Council meetings
- Develop and maintain social media accounts for the section as both recruitment and communication tools
- Plan and organize social events for Junior section at MWSPR and national SPR meetings for networking purposes

September 2016