The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Critical Care, founded in 1984, is the leading advocate for critically ill and injured children and a professional home for Pediatric Intensivists. We engage in activities to help kids while enhancing our careers. 

The mission of the AAP Section on Critical Care (SOCC) is to optimize the care of critically ill infants, children, and adolescents through education, advocacy, and professional support of its members.

​Core Values
We believe: Children deserve access to the highest quality of critical care in a safe clinical setting. Well- trained, compassionate, and ethical pediatric intensivists are best qualified to provide such care by directing the multidisciplinary healthcare team. The AAP SOCC is dedicated to advancing these values through education, policy development, advocacy, and research.

A world where all children receive optimal critical care.

We will achieve our mission and realize our vision through:

  • Focusing on the successful training of our pediatric critical care trainees, including trainee-specific programming at the AAP NCE, to enable them to develop and sustain careers in research, leadership, and advocacy.
  • Education of our members, other members of the critical care community, the general pediatric health care community, and the public regarding promotion of critical care treatment as well as advocating to identify and treat critical illness early and to prevent critical injuries.
  • Advocacy on behalf of children in need of critical care and on behalf of the providers of critical care to achieve equity of access to critical care for all children.
  • Working to optimize the number and distribution of the critical care pediatric workforce.
  • Working to ensure high quality and value of pediatric critical care
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