Welcome to the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW) Web page.
The COPW focuses on workforce issues that affect pediatric generalists, medical subspecialists and surgical subspecialists. The committee seeks to inform policy makers and the community about the unique role of the pediatric workforce in providing health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults through its policy statements and other activities.
The committee explores issues that affect the pediatric workforce and thus pediatric health care including not only the supply and distribution of pediatricians but also graduate medical education (GME) funding, scope of practice, changes in practice patterns, and workforce diversity. The COPW uses its analyses of these issues as a basis for formulating the Academy's workforce policy, as well as AAP responses to government agencies, regulatory bodies, and health care organizations on physician workforce issues.
The Committee is currently revising its flagship policy statement on the pediatrician workforce to better serve the AAP as an advocacy tool. It will address emerging physician workforce issues, while continuing to articulate concerns about the adequacy of the pediatrician supply and the maldistribution of pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists. A complete list of all AAP policy statements authored by the COPW is provided below.
In addition to policy statement development, the Committee works with external organizations to advance a wide range of issues. Consequently, we have developed a set of resources to inform the discussion of policymakers, medical organizations, and other stakeholders in physician workforce issues. I encourage you to check the Committee's web page frequently for new resources and updates on our work.
Mary E. Rimsza, MD, FAAP
Agenda Book 2012
COPW Members, 2011 - 2012
Mary E. Rimsza, MD, Tuscon, AZ, Chairperson
William T. Basco, MD, Charleston, SC
Christopher E. Harris, MD, Los Angeles, CA
Andrew J. Hotaling, MD, Maywood, IL
James P. Marcin, MD, Sacramento, CA
Gail A. McGuinness, MD, Chapel Hill, NC
William B. Moskowitz, MD, Richmond, VA
Ted D. Sigrest, MD, Cincinnati, OH
Harold K. Simon, MD, Atlanta, GA
Policy Statements & Technical Reports
The AAP Chapter-Level Workforce Survey Project
Who: AAP Chapters
What: Gather data on the pediatric workforce which can be used by states to inform policymakers and advocate for programs that can reduce shortages.
When: Prior to ALF 2013
How: Survey AAP chapter member s and analyze survey findings.
Related AAP Links
The Committee on Pediatric Workforce is managed through the AAP Division of Workforce and Medical Education Policy. For additional resources related to GME and physician workforce issues, please visit the Division's Web page.
Holly J. Mulvey, MA
COPW Principal Staff
Director, Division of Workforce and Medical Education Policy