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COCM Media Visiting Professorship


The media play a key role in virtually every concern that pediatricians 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.

The 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 Media Visiting Professorship Host Institutions

2014              Duke University (visiting professor: David L. Hill, MD, FAAP)
2012-2013     Utah AAP Chapter and Primary Children's Medical Center [visiting professor: Robert Mendelson, MD, FAAP]
2011              University of Michigan [visiting professor: Michael O. Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP]
2010              Stonybrook University [visiting professor: Dimitri Christakis, MD, FAAP]
2009              University of North Carolina (w/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