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Membership FAQs

View common questions and responses to membership inquiries.
I am interested in becoming a new member. How do I join and which category do I qualify?
Refer to membership categories and benefits as to what category fits your needs. Complete the application online or submit to the Department of Membership. 

Return applications to:

American Academy of Pediatrics
Division of Member Services
345 Park Boulevard
Itasca, IL 60143
(800) 433-9016
(847) 434-8000 (fax)

Payment must accompany the application for processing.  Once received, application will be processed by the membership department and a membership packet will be sent to you.
If my membership lapsed - How do I rejoin?
Please contact the Department of Membership at 800/433-9016 ext. or E-mail here to request an invoice.  Newly reactivated memberships will begin the date of payment and expire 12 months later.
Can I join as a Medical Student?
Yes, you can join as a Medical Student Member if you meet the qualifications.  As stated in the AAP bylaws, you must be enrolled in a medical school accredited by The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) or The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). To join as a medical student, complete an application.  Payment of membership dues must accompany the application for processing.
What are the benefits of becoming a member of the AAP?
The AAP offers a variety of benefits to its members which are listed by category online.
What do my dues pay for?
At any given time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is actively working on hundreds of issues advancing child health and the professional and personal satisfaction of its members. The annual budget of the AAP varies year to year but is usually in the range of $75-80 Million. Member dues makes up 23-25% of the total revenue required to fulfill the mission and operate the AAP.  For a membership organization, keeping dues under 30% of total revenue is considered "best in class".  The remainder of revenue is generated from AAP programs; publishing business, scholarly journals, educational programs, and development (fundraising).
When looking at where dollars are expended it is impossible to separate out dues from the rest of the revenue generated.  The budget of the AAP is developed based on forecasts of total cumulative revenue, rather than segmented revenue in each business unit.  The $75-80 Million in revenue that is generated supports the following major areas of expense:
  • Roughly 40-43% of expenditure is utilized to maintain and sustain the AAP's workforce.  The AAP maintains a staff of 375 full and part-time staff that are second to none in providing service to members, contributing to the advance of AAP intellectual property, and advocating for children at the federal and state levels.  This also includes contracts with consultants, both within and outside pediatrics, to carry out specific roles or develop specific materials.

  • Roughly 25% of expenditure is utilized to bring AAP members, liaisons, and experts together to advance the AAP mission through research, policy development, and education.  This includes support of the Council, Committee and Sections of the AAP as well as governmental and nongovernmental grant work awarded to AAP.

  • Roughly 20% of expenditure is utilized for printing and shipping to support the AAP as the # 1 publisher of pediatric titles in the world including Red Book, PEDIATRICS, etc. 

  • Roughly 10-12% of expenditure is utilized for general administrative support such as building upkeep, IT, supplies, etc.
There is overlap in each of these categories i.e. the staff is essential to the work of committees, but this is a general breakdown of major areas where dollars are allocated.
What portion of my dues goes toward lobbying?
The American Academy of Pediatrics is a 501(c)(3) organization which spends a minimal amount on lobbying. Some AAP State Chapters engage in lobbying. Each state contributes a different percentage. For more information contact your State’s Chapter Executive Director. 

What is a Fellow (FAAP)?
The FAAP designation after a pediatrician's name stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Physicians who maintain their FAAP designation have obtained initial board certification in pediatrics or a pediatric surgical specialty and made an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy for children.
What is a chapter, council and/or section?
Chapters are separately incorporated state based organizations for pediatricians and other health care professionals working to achieve AAP goals in their communities. Click here for an overview of chapters.

Councils are membership entities designed around subspecialties or multidisciplinary fields. Each council is the primary source of expertise in a given field within the Academy. For more information on councils click here.
Sections are groups within the AAP for members who share a pediatric subspecialty, surgical specialty, special area of interest, or stage of life. For a list of AAP sections click here.
How many members in the American Academy of Pediatrics?
The AAP is a professional membership organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety, and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. 
Who do I call for more information about membership?
Please contact Customer Service at 866-THE-AAP1 (866/843-2271) or by E-mail:
Does AAP have special programs that offer products and services for members at discounted rates?
The Member Advantage Programs​ provide additional personal services and practice savings to enhance your AAP membership. Insurance, credit cards, car rentals, office supplies, website development, pediatric purchasing programs and more!

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