The Section on Bioethics is dedicated to providing primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical specialists, and members of the pediatric team with an understanding of the basic principles of bioethics and to help promote the importance of compassion, sensitivity, commitment, and high moral standards in the delivery of health care. In addition, the Section offers input to the AAP Board of Directors on bioethical issues and works with the AAP Committee on Bioethics to provide input to official Academy policy in this area.

The Section on Bioethics holds its business meetings and hosts educational programs at the National Conference & Exhibition. Topics addressed at past education programs have included

  • infant organ transplantation

  • maternal substance abuse

  • ethical decision making in critical care

  • end-of-life decision making

  • ethics and the underserved 

as well as joint programs with other Sections on issues in​

  • child abuse and neglect

  • informed consent

  • borderline viability in neonates

  • performance enhancement in sports and emergency medicine ​

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