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“Getting involved in a national organization is very professionally rewarding. Most everyone who participates in national organizations values the opportunity to bounce ideas off of individuals from other institutions, brainstorm solutions, and find themselves returning to their home institution with renewed enthusiasm and excitement towards one's job. It’s an exceptional antidote to burnout.”

Samuel H. Borden, MD, FACP, FAAP
Med-Peds Physician

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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:​


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, visit our AAP Online Mentorship Program and login with your AAP ID. Creating an account is quick and easy and you can participate as a mentor, mentee, or both, depending on your needs. Members can customize their mentorship experience using a wide array of parameters (e.g. subspecialty, career stage, etc.).  


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.​



“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