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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Don’t just join the AAP…get involved and become empowered!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pediatric generalists and subspecialists do remarkable things for children through their involvement with the AAP.  You can make connections you didn’t know were possible and advance your career through a variety of engagement opportunities. 

National Committees​ provide a valuable venue for growth and involvement.  Committees develop the majority of policy statements and guidelines published by the AAP, and author books based on their topic area of expertise.  Committee positions are board appointed.  Learn more about the process.  ​​​

Councils and Sections​ provide a venue for members to get involved in advocacy, education, leadership, and research around a specific specialty, area of interest or career stage.  Many are responsible for policy development and review, public education, and providing expertise. JOIN ​A COUNCIL OR SECTION NOW​.

Chapter membership offers numerous opportunities for education, leadership, and involvement in state and local advocacy. Chapters are the primary professional home for pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists in your state. JOIN YOUR CHAPTER NOW.  

​Other projects and opportunities for involvement:


​Launched in 2008, Pediatric Care Online (PCO) was created in response to a need for an AAP point-of-care resource designed to meet the everyday clinical reference needs of primary care ​​pediatricians and residents. To enhance and expand the process for updating PCO content on a continual basis, the AAP is now setting up a dedicated physician editorial board that will include honoraria for those selected.

We are seeking high-quality candidates to fill these positions, including: Editor in Chief, four General Pediatrics Associate Editors​, one Innovation & Tools Associate Editor, one Mental Health Associate Editor, one Neona​tal Associate Editor, and one Pediatric Patient Education Associate Editor​. Please click on the position title to see detailed information about each.

If interested in applying for one of the open positions, please complete the 2017 Nominations Application by Friday, December 29, 2017.​​


Mentorship is one of the most important tools for professional development and has been linked to greater productivity, career advancement, and professional satisfaction. The AAP recognizes that mentorship is critical in helping to nurture and grow future leaders and it is a key opportunity to engage existing members. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or participating as a mentee, email with their request to participate. Once AAP membership is verified, the member will receive an email invitation that provides login information, instructions on creating an account, and access to the online matching form. Please note that every applicant may not be matched during our initial launch of this online service. For more information, please visit our mentorship program overview page.


There are currently a couple of areas to increase your leadership skills. Check back often as we develop additional leadership resources and opportunities for training.


The Academy offers many opportunities on a variety of levels for members to get engaged around. Below is listing of a majority of those opportunities. However, also be sure to check with your local chapter or with the section/council that you belong to for additional opportunities.

Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN) for members interested in improving the quality and delivery of pediatric care in outpatient and inpatient clinical settings. ​

Info​rmation on abstract​ submission.​


Tell us your story!

“Look to the AAP to get involved nationally. There’s no question that the volunteer work I’ve done with the AAP has completely changed the trajectory of my career. I’m in the position right now, a couple years out of training that I would have hope to be in 10-15 years from now.” - Dan Schumacher, MD, MEd, FAAP