Opportunities for AAP membership now are open to qualified osteopathic pediatricians, pediatric dentists and pediatricians around the world as a result of bylaw changes approved by members in May.

Members also approved three other bylaw changes that will affect future AAP elections:

• Both fellows and specialty fellows will be accepted as potential nominees for national office;

• National elections will be held in May instead of April; and

• The time allowed for future bylaw balloting will be doubled.

In addition, future Academy fellows studying for their boards will have seven years, rather than four; to remain candidate fellows.

The changes were approved by a two-thirds majority of the 10,654 AAP members who voted, a turnout of nearly 35 percent of the membership. Changes took effect July 1.

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