The call for applications to APPD Leadership Empowerment for Advancing Pediatric Education Specialists (APPD LEAPES) for Cohort 3 is now closed.

The Association of Pediatric Program Directors serves pediatric programs by leading the advancement of education to ensure the health and well-being of children. Pediatric Graduate Medical Education Specialists (coordinators, managers, and other program administrators) are an integral part of the pediatric program leadership team. LEAPES is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and networking for Pediatric Graduate Medical Education Specialists who wish to gain expertise needed to successfully guide the success of graduate medical education programs and advance their GME careers.

What is LEAPES?

This 9-month advanced, longitudinal and hybrid, course provides outstanding training for administrators aspiring to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in medical education.

Program features:

  • 3 educational conferences with over 32 hours of educational content
  • A curriculum focusing on leadership, educational scholarship, career development, program management, and program development
  • A nationally recognized council and subject matter experts with significant teaching and professional experience in program leadership and medical education
  • Peer group activities and support
  • A mentored workshop abstract, presentation, and educational project for the home institution
  • Certificate given at the completion of all program-required elements

Prerequisites for Application

  • Minimum of 3 years graduate medical education experience. Must not be within first year managing a new program.
  • Member of the APPD
  • Commitment of Department for funding for travel to three meetings and cost of tuition ($5,500).

Cohort 2 Curriculum

Click here to access LEAPES Curriculum (Cohort only)

For further information, please read our FAQ or send an email to

Current APPD LEAPES Cohort



Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator
Stanford University
725 Welch Road, MC 5906
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program Coordinator; Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program Coordinator; Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship Program Coordinator; Clinical Research Specialist
Indiana University School of Medicine
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Phase 2, Room 4900
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Associate Program Director
University of Utah
81 N Mario Capecchi Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator
University of Minnesota
2450 Riverside Ave, M136, East Bldg.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
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Vice Chair of Education
Stanford University
725 Welch Rd, MC 5906
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Program Director
University of Washington
4800 Sandpoint Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Executive Director
APPD National Office
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101