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Committee on Pediatric Workforce

Welcome to the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW) Web page!

A strong pediatric workforce is essential to the health of all children and the AAP and the COPW are committed to supporting and protecting the pediatric physician workforce (including primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical subspecialists).

The mission of the COPW is to support the mission of the AAP in attaining optimal health for all children. To accomplish its mission the COPW will inform policy makers, patients and families, and the medical community at large about the unique role played by the pediatric physician workforce in providing health care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

The committee explores, among other topics, the following:

  • The current and future supply of pediatricians and clinicians who provide pediatric services. 

  • Financing of graduate medical education.

  • Changes in practice patterns (including part-time practice), scope of practice, workforce diversity, and the geographic distribution of pediatricians. 

  • The need for workforce advocacy at the state and federal level. 

Committee on Pediatric Workforce Roster

American Academy of Pediatrics

Harold K. Simon, MD, MBA, FAAP
Committee Chairperson
Atlanta, GA

​District X

Edward A. Pont, MD, FAAP
Committee Member
Elmhurst, IL

District VI

​Eric N. Horowitz, MD, FAAP
Committee Member
Marblehead, MA

District I

Julie S. Byerley, MD, MPH, FAAP
Committee Member
Chapel Hill, NC

District IV

Kristin N. Ray, MD, MS, FAAP 
Committee Member
Pittsburgh, PA

District III

​​Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH, FAAP
Liaison, American Board of Pediatrics
Boston, MA

​District I

Michelle M. Macias, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Section Forum Management Committee
Charleston, SC

​District IV

​Nancy A. Dodson, MD, MPH, FAAP
Committee Member
Hastings on Hudson, NY

District II

​Thomas W. Pendergrass, MD, MPSH, FAAP
Committee Member
Seattle, WA

​District VIII

Lauren Barone, MPH
Itasca, IL

COPW Policy Statements

Pediatrician Workforce Presentation
The COPW has developed this powerpoint presentation to foster a broader understanding of some of the key issues and considerations germane to the pediatrician workforce. If this presentation (or some of the slides therein) are used, attribution must be given to the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce.

The State Pediatrician Workforce Survey
This survey was developed to collect information about pediatric workforce topics in each of the AAP Chapters (US Chapters only). Topics covered include: demographics; time allocation; practice patterns and work setting(s); future career plans; and more. At the links below you can access the July 2015 reports that were prepared for each Chapter. For a map of states within each AAP District, please click here. ​

​District I​​​​​District VI
​District II​District VII
​District IIIDistrict VIII
District IVDistrict IX​
​District V​District X​

Additionally, the COPW has created a series of national maps that show findings on several key issues from the State Pediatrician Workforce Survey. Data from this survey project was used to create poster presentations for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2016 Annual Health Workforce Research Conference on two key topics: part-time employment​ and retirement plans

The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project

Physician reentry into clinical practice can be defined as returning to professional activity/clinical practice for which one has been trained, certified or licensed after an extended period. For more information visit  

New Webinar Explains Returning to Practice
The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project has developed a short and free Webinar, “Physician Reentry 101". It is designed to help physicians understand what planning is needed before one leaves clinical practice, and what one needs to do in order to facilitate a return. Also, an issue Brief, Stepping Away from Your Career?​ provides key points to keep in mind if you are considering stepping away from clinical practice to pursue a non-clinical career.

The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

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