Hospice and Palliative Care Membership Criteria

​​Section on Hospice and Palliative Care​​

​Section Membership is open to the following Member types: 

Associate Members, Candidate Members, Corresponding Fellows, Fellows, Fellowship Trainees, Honorary Fellows, International Members, Medical Students, National Affiliates, Residents, Senior Members and Specialty Fellows

Dues/year: Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees - $0*, All other National member types - $25*; Section Affiliates - $25*

*In addition to national dues

Special Requirements: Must have an interest in and commitment to delivering and enhancing pediatric palliative care.

Fellowship Trainees and Residents must have an interest in and commitment to delivering and enhancing pediatric palliative care.​

Applicants must submit

  • A letter of recommendation from their Program Chair

  • A 1-page essay regarding their interest in and dedication to the field of pediatric palliative care.

Section Affiliate members

1. Medical Professionals who do not qualify for National AAP membership including: social workers, nurses and other members of the palliative care community.

Applicants must submit

  • Certification and/or licensure, as relevant to the individual’s field

  • A letter of recommendation from a licensed physician colleague demonstrating active engagement in pediatric hospice or palliative care

2. Parents (adult caregivers who have been the primary caregiver and decision maker for a child with a life-threatening condition; may include grandparents, foster parents and other non-biological parents) who have experienced pediatric hospice and/or palliative care, and who are committed to the ongoing development of the field of pediatric hospice and palliative medicine.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence that they have served in an advisory capacity to a hospice and/ or palliative care program or have had significant involvement as a parent advocate in organizations that help families and children living with special pediatric healthcare needs, terminal conditions or bereavement. 

They must also meet the following additional criteria, as recommended by the Institute on Family Centered Care: share insights and information about their experiences in ways that others can learn from them, see beyond their own personal experiences, show concern for more than one issue or agenda, listen well, respect the perspectives of others, speak comfortably in a group with candor, interact well with many different kinds of people, and work in partnership with others.

Applicants must submit

  • A letter from an involved, licensed physician

  • A 1-page personal essay.

  • Additional supporting materials would be welcome. All the above materials are to be submitted to the Section Executive Committee, which determines whether the parent affiliate member applicant is sufficiently qualified to serve as an informed and balanced advisor to the Section.​

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