Resident Membership

Resident 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led a comprehensive advocacy effort to protect Medicaid from severe cuts and prevent the Affordable Care Act from being repealed.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 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 + 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® Online, Pediatrics (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

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

  • 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

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

Graduating Residents + 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!

Chief Resident Member (typically paid for by your residency program)

Continue to receive the same benefits as you did during residency. Many residency programs pay for membership dues for chief residents.

Following graduation you will be invoiced as a candidate member, unless you notify us that you are continuing training as a chief resident.

Graduating resident/chief resident members are invoiced in the spring for 1 of 2 member categories, Fellowship Trainee Member or Candidate Member.

Fellowship Trainee Member

Take advantage of reduced rates for trainees throughout fellowship and continue to be a member of the Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) for no additional dues. In addition to valuable content and resources like PREP, membership also offers access to Individual Learning Plans (ILP) and much more. Many fellowship programs pay for membership, so make sure to ask your program director.

Candidate Member (50% national dues discount in 1st year)

Unless you have notified us of fellowship training, all graduating residents become Candidates and receive a 50% discount.

Candidate Members who become board certified will automatically transition to the Fellow category at the next renewal cycle. Let us know if you’d like to be a Fellow before your next renewal.

Fellow (50% national dues discount in 1st year)

Graduating residents who are board certified may bypass the candidate member year and be upgraded to Fellow to receive these additional benefits:

  • Opportunity to hold national office

  • AAP Fellow Certificate

  • Right to serve on national committees

  • Free year in the Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) (New Fellows only)

Section, Council + 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.

Don't Forget Tips

Update Your Contact Information
Please remember to update your current mailing and email addresses to receive benefits after leaving your training program. Log on with your AAP ID # or contact customer service at 866 843 2271 as soon as you know your new address. Make sure to change your .edu email address to a more permanent email. We also encourage you to provide us with updates on your education, board certification, and personal & professional demographic information

Employer Paid Membership Dues
When you are interviewing for a fellowship and/or practice position, make sure that you ask whether your membership dues would be paid for by the institution/employer. This agreement can be worked into your employment contract.

Section on Early Career Physicians
The Section on Early Career Physicians (SOECP) is your home for topics and issues relating to re-locating, starting in practice, learning how to navigate the AAP, and much more. You can join the SOECP for only $10 per year. To join, visit Newly boarded members are given a free year in the SOECP.

Become a Mentor and/or a Mentee
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 our future leaders. The AAP Mentorship Program seeks to establish mentoring relationships between trainees/early career physicians and practicing AAP member physicians. Join today at

$100,000 in Guaranteed Life Insurance
As a graduating resident, you received $100,000 in guaranteed life insurance and $1,000 per month of disability income for one year, paid for by the AAP Group Insurance Trust. Rates are available for AAP members only. Beginning in 2018, a 10% premium credit will be available for all new and existing policy holders!

Are You Juggling Student Loans?
See if you qualify to start saving money on your student debt. Powered by USI Affinity, SoFi refinances federal AND student loans into one easy payment. Affordable rates can help you save over the life of your loan*. Plus, AAP members earn a $500 Welcome Bonus at disbursal. Learn more and apply at  *Check online for eligibility requirements.

AAP Membership FAQs

When will I be billed? An explanation of your first bill.
Your 12-month membership begins the day your payment is processed. This is called “anniversary billing.” Renewal invoices are mailed four months prior to your membership expiration. If your residency program typically paid your dues during the summer, then your first invoice should arrive in the spring.

How do I pay my dues?
First, it is important that the AAP has up-to-date contact information to reach you. Your invoice will be sent to you via US mail and email. Once you receive your invoice, you have three options for paying your dues:

Mail: P.O. Box 776413, Chicago, IL 60677-6413 Phone: 866 843 2271

Why are there chapter dues too?
Chapters are automatically added to all dues invoices. Membership is strongly encouraged to help you get involved and network at the local level but is not mandatory. If you do not wish to belong to your chapter, you may remove it online, cross it off the invoice and subtract it from your total, or let the representative know when you call to pay dues.

If my membership lapses, how do I rejoin?
Check your account at, you may have an invoice waiting to be paid. You may rejoin at any time by calling 866 843 2271. Your membership is immediately activated when your payment is processed.

Is Pediatric Care Online™ (PCO) included with my membership?
Pediatric Care Online™ is a special benefit for residents supported in part by Mead Johnson Nutrition. And now this access extends one year after training is complete! Make sure to log on to for the latest in pediatric clinical care with this premier point-of-care online resource.

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