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The media play a key role in virtually every concern that pediatr​icians and parents have about the health of children and adolescents – violence, drug use, sex, eating disorders, obesity, school performance, and physical inactivity. Because of the importance of educating pediatricians and parents about the effects of media on children and adolescents, the AAP Council on Communications and Media (COCM) sponsors the annual Media Visiting Professorship.

Each year COCM invites hospitals and institutions to apply to host a pediatric media expert who spends 1 to 2 days at the selected institution conducting lectures, seminars, or rounds. Preference will be given to those institutions that can supply an audience of pediatricians, pediatric residents, and medical students and link with the community to include a presentation to parents and/or teachers.

COCM will support the visit by providing a pediatric media expert to serve as the visiting professor, and by paying the expert's honorarium, travel, lodging, and meal expenses for up to two days. (Limitations apply and will be discussed with the host institution upon selection.)

Previous MVP courses have focused on media effects on children. However, the committee is seeing greater institutional interest in more societally integrated media issues and media training to use media to promote health and advocate for children's issues.​

Last year, the MVP program broke new ground by partnering with the institution and local community in a medically underserved area to examine how media can be used to connect with a diverse community and serve as a tool to address health and socioeconomic disparities. In addition, the effects of media on health and wellbeing was presented to community members and leaders, including students at the high school.​

COCM is now accepting applications for the 2018 Media Visiting Professorship. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 2, 2018, and the visit must take place by June 30, 2018.

Download 2017-2018 Application

COCM Media Experts: Apply to Be the Next MVP?

Consider submitting your application to serve as the COCM 2018 Media Visiting Professor (MVP). Previous MVPs have found their experiences challenging and rich; this is a wonderful opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with interested professionals! 

​Candidate experts will come from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, but in general, Media Visiting Professor candidates will have demonstrated commitment to and success in improving media and child health, including community health, safety, and/or mental health messaging through communications and media. The MVP should also be familiar with (and conversant about) the relevant literature and current research about media and their impact on children and youth. Institutions requesting a MVP are typically interested in educating faculty, residents, and the community on topics such as media violence, privacy in the realm of social media, effects of social media and texting on adolescent communication, and cyber bullying. 

Candidates for MVP must also:

  • be active members in good standing of the AAP and the Council on Communications and Media; and
  • have media training and demonstrate experienced leadership in the field of media and communications sufficient to conduct the proposed activities.

Applications are due Jan. 2, 2018 to Thomas McPheron at and should include:
  • a cover letter;
  • current curriculum vita or résumé (no headshots please). 

Media Visiting Professor candidate experts may be nominated by COCM members or may nominate themselves. Applications will be reviewed by the COCM MVP Selection Committee, who will then match an expert with the 2017-2018 MVP winning institution.  The selected expert will work with the institution to identify a date for the visit, to occur by June 30, 2018.  The selected expert will also receive a $2,500 honorarium and reimbursement of expenses.  
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Previous Media Visiting Professorship Host Institutions

2016-2017University of California San Francisco, Fresno [visiting professor: Col. Dr. Jeffrey Hutchinson​]
​​2015-2016​University of Illinois, Chicago [visiting professor: Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP]
​2013-2014Duke University Medical Center [visiting professor: David Hill, MD, FAAP]
​2012-2013​Utah AAP Chapter and Primary Children’s Medical Center [visiting professor: Robert Mendelson, MD, FAAP]
​2011University of Michigan [visiting professor: Michael O. Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP]
​2010Stonybrook University [visiting professor: Dimitri Christakis, MD, FAAP]
​2009​University of North Carolina (with Duke University and Wake Medical Center) [visiting professor: Vic Strasburger, MD, FAAP]​

Questions regarding the Council on Communications and Media or the Media Visiting Professorship can be directed to