The mission of the AAP Section on Uniformed Services (SOUS) is to:

  • educate (in a variety of formats) both uniformed service and civilian pediatricians (and others who care for children) on general and military-related pediatric issues

  • develop or review policy

  • recruit/mentor new members

  • advise the AAP leadership on uniformed service-unique topics

all to ultimately improve the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

On-going Section Activities (Reaffirmed commitment)

  • Serve as experts/educate in the area of biological/chemical terrorism

  • Continue the Uniformed Services Pediatric Seminar (USPS) at the National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) and support the Humanitarian Assistance Course

  • Provide career advice to medical students and publish the Military Residency Training Catalog

  • Participate in the National Conference and Exhibition by submitting educational proposals for the general pediatrician in concert and by bestowing the Odgen Bruton Lectureship​ during the NCE

  • Section bi-annual newsletter/email list

Priorities for the Section

  • Serve as a clearinghouse for innovative educational programs/models that can be shared with other institutions across our country and the world

  • Provide deployment resources to families

  • Further blend service boundaries (Army, Navy, Air Force, Public Health Service)

  • Communicate more effectively to the AAP and pediatric community about the unique role that uniformed service pediatricians play and how they can enhance policy, education, and training on many levels

  • Nominate Section members for national committees

  • Serve as a clearinghouse to identify pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists who are on duty over-seas as resources for the AAP and Section members

  • Serve as a clearinghouse for back-fill needs and other reservist needs

  • Develop closer relations with Chapters

  • Provide leadership training/mentoring to young military pediatricians and recruit young members to the Section

The Section hosts educational programs at the NCE. One of these programs is the Uniformed Services Pediatric Seminar (USPS) which is an all-day program for uniformed services pediatricians during the AAP National Conference & Exhibition. USPS features a Scientific Awards Competition (SAC) in categories including: (1) the Ogden C. Bruton Award for basic research, (2) the Andrew M. Margileth Award for clinical research, (3) the Howard H. Johnson, Jr. Award for research during residency training, (4) the Leo J. Geppert Awards for brief clinical communications and research, and (5) the Val G. Hemming Award for clinical or basic science research submitted by a medical student. Finally, USPS includes awarding of an annual Outstanding Service Award, Dave Berry Award. â€‹

The Section, through an elected Section Chair and elected members of the Section Executive Committee, work closely with other AAP Sections and with the AAP Uniformed Services Chapters East and West. In addition, the Section works with the Pediatric Specialty Advisors of the respective service Surgeons General, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and numerous military medical facilities around the country and the world. 


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