Editor’s note: For Your Benefit is a new monthly column, written by the AAP Committee on Membership highlighting the value of AAP membership and providing tips on how to make the most of your membership and member benefits.

The Academy prides itself on offering an opportunity for members to become involved at all phases of their professional career — from medical students, to residents, to young pediatricians and beyond. Whether you are a pediatrician, medical subspecialist or surgical specialist, all roads lead to the highest honor of AAP membership — attainment of the FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics) designation. There are approximately 33,000 FAAPs, or “voting Fellows” among the AAP membership, comprising 59% of the total membership.

Attaining the FAAP designation is the pinnacle of membership in the Academy, according to John Mitchell, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Membership. “Becoming a Fellow of the...

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