Early Career Membership

Early Career Membership

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is your professional home for all your career needs. As you transition from residency to fellowship or to practice, look to the AAP and your 67,000 pediatric colleagues for practice-related information, mentoring, networking, MOC and CME. We’re here to help you be the best doctor you can be for kids.

Members support child health through advocacy efforts

The AAP has been involved for decades in advocacy efforts to address the detrimental effects of gun violence in children’s lives as a public health issue. The AAP continues to engage in a sustained advocacy effort focused on engaging Congress, the White House, partner organizations, pediatricians, and the public in an effort to enact and improve federal policies aimed at reducing and preventing gun violence.

The Academy led a comprehensive advocacy effort to protect Medicaid from severe cuts and prevent the Affordable Care Act from being repealed. From engaging pediatrician members to share videos about why Medicaid matters to their patients to inundating Capitol Hill with advocacy outreach from pediatricians, the AAP helped ensure that Medicaid remains protected and the Affordable Care Act remains intact.

Visit our Federal Advocacy area for the latest information and resources on AAP federal policy priorities. Become a Key Contact to receive important assignments, timely federal updates, and information on upcoming events related to federal advocacy. Email kids1st@aap.org to sign up today.

Visit our State Advocacy area (login required) to access state advocacy resources including online state bill tracking, state issue briefs, state advocacy e-updates, and much more.

Benefits and Services for Members
Enhance your knowledge and establish connections vital to providing optimal care for children. AAP Membership can be your springboard to career advancement or a platform for the initiatives that are most important to you!

With AAP Membership, You Can:

  • Prepare for subspecialty board exams with online access to PREP® Subspecialty Self-Assessments covering 13 areas of specialty care (for Fellowship Trainees only).

  • Stay current with the latest in pediatrics and infectious diseases with Red Book® OnlinePediatrics (print and online), AAP News (print and online), AAP News breaking news alerts and AAP News OnCall.

  • Enhance quality and close practice gaps with EQIPP quality improvement courses.

  • Take advantage of the lifelong e-learning center through your subscription to PediaLink®.

  • Take action on federal legislation impacting children and the practice of pediatrics as a Key Contact.

  • Access members-only content throughout aap.org.

Membership Also Allows You to:

  • Save money with member discounts on AAP products, services, and meetings.

  • Improve practice efficiency and patient care through valuable practice support resources online.

  • Participate in improving the quality and value of care and outcomes for children through the Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN).

  • Save money through member advantage programs in insurance, credit cards, car rentals, office supplies, website development, pediatric purchasing, telehealth programs, and more!

  • Collaborate with others who share similar interests and specialties through membership opportunities in sections and councils.

  • Promote your practice through a listing in Find a Pediatrician on healthychildren.org.

  • Access more than 67,000 pediatric colleagues through the membership directory.

  • Conveniently book travel through AAP Travel Services or online through Concur.

Enhanced AAP Member Benefit! For the new 2018 edition of Red Book®, members* will be able to receive a complimentary print copy in addition to Red Book® Online as part of their member benefit. One complimentary print copy per member can be requested online at shop.aap.org/getmyredbook.

*Medical Student Members, International Members, and Corresponding Fellows are excluded from this promotion.

Graduating Residents and Fellowship Trainees
Several resources will extend beyond graduation to help with board preparation:

  • The PREP® The Curriculum online package is available through December 31st of your graduation year with the following access:

    • PREP Self-Assessment online access and CME credit can be claimed for three years after initial publication date.Full-text online access to Pediatrics in Review® content (for years in which subscriptions were purchased) is available  in perpetuity. 

  • Continue to manage your Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) through PediaLink®.

  • Financial Wellness series on Credit & Credit Score, Retirement Planning, Debt & Money Management, and more!

Section, Council plus Chapter Membership
Do remarkable things for children through involvement with the AAP. Make connections you didn't know were possible and advance your career through a variety of engagement opportunities.

Becoming an engaged AAP member can connect you with experts in the field of pediatrics and its subspecialties and make a real difference to your career. You will feel empowered as an AAP member when your voice is magnified from one to 67,000!

Stay energized about child health issues with opportunities that abound for collaboration with colleagues that share your passion about pediatrics. You will also find value and education by being a part of the hub for pediatric public policy, guidelines, and advocacy.

Sections and Councils
Join sections and/or councils based on your member type and established criteria. (Some additional dues may apply.)

Sections are groups within AAP that advance their respective special interests through policy development, education, and advocacy for children. Members within each section guide AAP policies, clinical reports, and practice standards, and act as AAP representatives to other organizations. Each section presents leadership opportunities through an elected executive committee and many appointed sub-committees.

Councils represent the evolution of committees and sections working in the same field into an integrated structure. Like sections, they generate policy, create educational programming and resources, develop and promote advocacy initiatives, support translation of policy and education into practice, and integrate and evaluate these efforts to maximize impact.

Get involved and enhance your leadership skills by participating in state chapters. Shape the development and implementation of child health policy and advocate at the state and local levels through one of our 59 US chapters. Members in each chapter establish legislative priorities and volunteer their efforts to see them through. Chapters partner with other organizations in each state to advance children's health and well-being.

Section on Early Career Physicians—Who We Are
The Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) was organized in 1999 as a provisional section and gained full section status in 2001. The section is for those members within 10 years of training. 

Early career physicians are part of a unique and growing demographic within the AAP, with their own specific needs and interests. Approximately 75% are women, with many interested in working part-time, and many with young families. Early career physicians have placed a priority on being able to balance work and family life. They are encountering issues related to the ever-changing world of managed care, many of which were not extensively addressed in residency training. They are a highly mobile group, with many changing jobs within the first 2-5 years out of training. Early career physicians embrace technology and how it can improve the practice of medicine, yet welcome the idea of having a mentor to help them through the early years of practice. It is these issues, and more, that the SOECP is dedicated to addressing.

Goals and Objectives

The SOECP has identified several initiatives to address the growing needs of early career physicians within the AAP. These include:

  1. Improve the early career physician's experience within the AAP and SOECP

  2. Increase early career physician engagement

  3. Expand leadership development opportunities for early career physicians

  4. Provide physician wellness resources for SOECP members

Networking Opportunities for Early Career Physicians

There are a handful of networking opportunities within the SOECP for early career physicians:

  1. Log into the SOECP collaboration site to join in on discussions, see what's new each month and access current leadership opportunities

  2. If you are an SOECP member, make sure you are on the section's listserv to receive the latest happening within the section and the AAP.

  3. Attend the AAP National Conference and be sure to attend the SOECP educational program and reception.

  4. Reach out to your local AAP Chapter to see what's happening for early career physicians within the chapter.

Participate in the AAP Mentorship Program, as a mentor, mentee or both.

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