With the ongoing, long-range goal of advancing pediatric education across the continuum, the Committee on Pediatric Education (COPE) functions as a think tank within the AAP for discussion, consensus building and collaboration with respect to emerging issues facing pediatric medical education. These include, but are not limited to, research, curriculum development, faculty development, outcome measures, practice issues and regulatory and legislative proposals as they relate to pediatric education.

Representatives from a number of pediatric professional and educational organizations contribute to this process through appointed liaisons who report to COPE regularly and contribute to activities throughout the year. The Committee reviews and monitors the field of pediatric education, identifying gaps or areas in need of enhancement and develops strategies and recommendations as needed.

Committee Members

Allen Friedland, MD, FACP, FAAP
Newark, DE

Adelle R. Atkinson, MD
Liaison, Canadian Paediatric Society
Toronto, ON

Kimberly A. Boland, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs
Louisville, KY

Mandy S. Coles, MD
Liaison, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Sharon, MA

Lewis R. First, MD, MS, FAAP
Liaison, Editor, Pediatrics
Burlington, VT

Rani S. Gereige, MD, MPH, FAAP
Liaison, Committee on Continuing Medical Education
Miami, FL

Susan Guralnick, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Editor, PREP Self-Assessment
Napa, CA

Maryellen Gusic, MD, FAAP
Liaison, American Pediatric Society
Camp Hill, PA

Hilary Haftel, MD, MHPE, FAAP
Senior Vice President, Education

Winifred Hobson-Rohrer, MD, MPH, FAAP
Member at Large
Salt Lake City, UT

Joseph Jackson, Jr, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics
Durham, NC

Su-Ting Li, MD, FAAP
Liaison, American Pediatric Society
Sacramento, CA

Sanghamitra Misra, MD, MEd, FAAP
Member at Large
Houston, TX

Melissa D. Klein, MD, FAAP
Liaison, American Pediatric Association
Cincinnati, OH

Tatiana Ndjatou, MD
Liaison, Section on Pediatric Trainees
New York, NY

Jaideep Talwalkar, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Med-Peds Program Directors Association
Hamden, CT 

Shelia Valadez
Executive Assistant

Linda Ann Waggoner-Fountain, MD, MEd, FAAP
Liaison, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Charlottesville, VA

Ingrid Walker-Descartes, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP
Member at Large
Laghorne, PA

Tyree Winters, DO, FAAP
Liaison, Association of Pediatric Program Directors
Verona, NJ

Suzanne Woods, MD, FAAP
Liaison, American Board of Pediatrics
Durham, NC

Joseph A. Zenel, Jr., MD, FAAP
Liaison, Editor, Pediatrics in Review
Bend, OR

John A. F. Zupancic, MD, ScD
Liaison, Section Forum Management Committee
Boston, MA

Liaison, Society for Pediatric Research

Liaison, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

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