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The mission of the Section on Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine (SOPPSM) is to improve the health and quality of care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with acute or chronic respiratory and sleep disorders. This will be accomplished through education, policy development and implementation, collaboration with general pediatricians and other health care professionals, encouragement of relevant research, and serving as an advocate and unified voice on behalf of our patients as well as the profession of pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine.

Infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with acute or chronic respiratory disease are leading healthy, happy, and productive lives. Pediatric Pulmonologists and sleep specialists practice the highest quality health care and experience professional satisfaction and personal well-being.

Recent and Current Activities:

  • Collaboration with the American College of Chest Physicians to sponsor the Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology and the Pulmonary Board Review Course.
  • PREP® Pulmonology - an online self assessment program that is created by pediatric pulmonologists for pediatric pulmonologists. Eight questions are offered per month mapped to the American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty content specifications and provide peer-reviewed critiques and references. (meets requirements for ABP Part 2: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment)
  • Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP): Diagnosing and Managing Asthma in Pediatrics (meets requirements for ABP Part 4: Performance in Practice)
  • Present educational programs for pediatricians at well attended sessions during the AAP National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) and other AAP sponsored courses.
  • As a member of the SOPPSM, you may be asked to teach general pediatricians and residents at the national and local level at one of many of the Academy’s educational offerings, including: National Conference and Exhibition, CME courses, and State Chapter workshops.
  • You will receive discounts on and access to educational resources of the Academy, for example: Pediatrics, PREP, AAP News, PediaLink, and manuals.
  • Development of the “Blue Book” - the New Policy Manual of Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Revision of the 2002 Clinical Practice Guideline, “Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome”
  • Member review opportunities - members are invited to review draft policy from other AAP Committees, Councils, Sections and/or External Organizations.
Other Activities
  • Section members can submit nominations for consideration to receive the Edwin L Kendig, Jr Award
  • Important expertise and input into the development of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) through representation on the respiratory workgroup of the pediatric topic advisory group
  • Continued representation of the needs of subspecialists to the AAP, and collaboration with other subspecialty sections to enhance the AAP services to all subspecialties
  • Collaboration with the Medical Homes Chapter Champions Program on Asthma to improve management of pediatric asthma nationally
  • Redesign of the section web site to include information about the section and current news
  • Considering the development of a social media presence, i.e., Facebook
  • Involvement in discussions about the subspecialist and the medical home
  • Development of a subcommittee on coding and reimbursement
  • Spearheading a workforce survey of pediatric pulmonology
  • Initiative to expand membership to interested people in allied health professions including: nurses, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, registered dietitians, and clinical pharmacists to join the section
  • Bylaw referendum has been approved allowing International Members to join the section
  • Developed a position on the Executive Committee for a Training Fellow
  • The AAP has an excellent Department of Federal Affairs in Washington that advocates for the health of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP is viewed as the “white hat” and has considerable influence on advocacy related issues. Access to covered services, Benefits in a medical home, Coverage for all children in the United States are a few topics on the AAP agenda. The AAP advocates for children and adolescents with chronic disease more than any other medical organization.
  • Subspecialty workforce issues including advocacy for full funding of loan repayment programs for pediatric medical specialists and surgical specialists that will allow more graduating pediatricians explore careers in subspecialty care and improve access to subspecialty care.
  • Advocacy for federal appropriations, including funding for the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program (CHGME) as an investment in the training and expanding the ranks of pediatric subspecialists
The AAP provides leadership training and lobbying workshops for Section members that are interested in developing those skills.

Each AAP SOPPSM member that becomes involved in the Academy will benefit from collaboration with other pediatric subspecialists. 

Membership Information
The Academy is a unique organization and a great value for the cost of membership. We believe that each pediatric pulmonologists and pediatricians/allied health professionals with a special interest in the field should support the AAP and the SOPPSM. If you are already a Section member, we look forward to your continued support; if not, please join us!

Section on Pediatric Pulmonology Annual Dues
Note: In addition to National/Chapter AAP Dues
AAP Fellows                                                  $30
Post Residency Training Members                 $0
Resident Members                                          $0
Affiliate Members                                            $60

For more information, contact:
Julie P. Katkin, MD                    Laura Laskosz, MPH
Chairperson                             AAP Staff
                                                800.433.9016, extension. 4928