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Membership FAQs

  View common questions and responses to membership inquiries.
 
I am interested in becoming a new member. How do I join and which category do I qualify?
 
Refer to membership categories and benefits as to what category fits your needs. Complete the application and submit to the Department of Membership. 

Return applications to:

American Academy of Pediatrics
Division of Member Services
141 Northwest Point Blvd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 or by fax to: 847-228-7035

Payment must accompany the application for processing.  Once received, application will be processed by the membership department and a membership packet will be sent to you.
 
If my membership lapsed - How do I rejoin?
 
Please contact the Department of Membership at 800/433-9016 ext. 5835 or E-mail: msupdates@aap.org to request an invoice.  Newly reactivated memberships will begin the date of payment and expire 12 months later.
 
Can I join as a Medical Student?
 
Yes, as an affiliate member to the Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT). As stated in the AAP bylaws affiliate members to the SOMSRFT must be enrolled in a medical school accredited by The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) or The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). To join as a medical student, complete an application.  Payment of membership dues must accompany the application for processing.
 
What are the benefits of becoming a member of the AAP?
 
The AAP offers a variety of benefits to it members which are outlined in the Member Resource Guide

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What do my dues pay for?
 
At any given time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is actively working on hundreds of issues advancing child health and the professional and personal satisfaction of its members. The annual budget of the AAP varies year to year but is usually in the range of $75-80 Million. Member dues makes up 23-25% of the total revenue required to fulfill the mission and operate the AAP.  For a membership organization, keeping dues under 30% of total revenue is considered "best in class".  The remainder of revenue is generated from AAP programs; publishing business, scholarly journals, educational programs, and development (fundraising).
 
When looking at where dollars are expended it is impossible to separate out dues from the rest of the revenue generated.  The budget of the AAP is developed based on forecasts of total cumulative revenue, rather than segmented revenue in each business unit.  The $75-80 Million in revenue that is generated supports the following major areas of expense:
 
  • Roughly 40-43% of expenditure is utilized to maintain and sustain the AAP's workforce.  The AAP maintains a staff of 375 full and part-time staff that are second to none in providing service to members, contributing to the advance of AAP intellectual property, and advocating for children at the federal and state levels.  This also includes contracts with consultants, both within and outside pediatrics, to carry out specific roles or develop specific materials.
  • Roughly 25% of expenditure is utilized to bring AAP members, liaisons, and experts together to advance the AAP mission through research, policy development, and education.  This includes support of the Council, Committee and Sections of the AAP as well as governmental and nongovernmental grant work awarded to AAP.
  • Roughly 20% of expenditure is utilized for printing and shipping to support the AAP as the # 1 publisher of pediatric titles in the world including Red Book, PEDIATRICS, etc. 
  • Roughly 10-12% of expenditure is utilized for general administrative support such as building upkeep, IT, supplies, etc.
 
There is overlap in each of these categories i.e. the staff is essential to the work of committees, but this is a general breakdown of major areas where dollars are allocated.
 
What portion of my dues goes toward lobbying?
 
The American Academy of Pediatrics is a 501(c)(3) organization which spends a minimal amount on lobbying. Some AAP State Chapters engage in lobbying. Each state contributes a different percentage. For more information contact your State’s Chapter Executive Director. 

 
Are my national dues tax deductible?
 
Due to the AAP's status as a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit organization with insubstantial lobbying expenditures, membership dues paid to the AAP are tax deductible as a business expense to the degree allowed under Internal Revenue Service regulations. National dues cannot be treated as a charitable donation.
 
What is a Fellow (FAAP)?
 
The FAAP designation after a pediatrician's name stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatricians who maintain their FAAP designation have obtained board certification in pediatrics and made an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy for children.
 
What is a chapter, council and/or section?
 
Chapters are separately incorporated state based organizations for pediatricians and other health care professionals working to achieve AAP goals in their communities. Click here for an overview of chapters. To view your state chapter facts click here.

Councils are membership entities designed around subspecialties or multidisciplinary fields. Each council is the primary source of expertise in a given field within the Academy. For more information on councils click here.
 
Sections are groups within the AAP for members who share a pediatric subspecialty, surgical specialty, special area of interest, or stage of life. For a list of AAP sections click here.
 
 
How many members in the American Academy of Pediatrics?
 
The AAP is a professional membership organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. 

 
Who do I call for more information about membership?
 
Please contact Customer Service at 866-THE-AAP1 (866/843-2271) or by E-mail: membership@aap.org

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Does AAP have special programs that offer products and services for members at discounted rates?
 
The AAP Member Benefit Affinity programs provide additional services and discounts to enhance your AAP membership. Personal benefits include: car rental, personal credit cards, car insurance, life, disability and long-term care insurance. Professional benefits include: credit card processing, business credit cards, certificate framing, business office services, practice web site development and internet marketing.