The AAP National Nominating Committee has named Eileen M. Ouellette, M.D., J.D., FAAP, and Robert P. Schwartz, M.D., FAAP, as candidates for AAP president-elect. Here, each candidate responds to the nominating committee question: “What qualifies you to be AAP president?”

Robert P. Schwartz, M.D., FAAP

Winston-Salem, N.C.

What qualities are needed to be an effective AAP leader?

Understanding of a wide range of issues critical to the practice of pediatrics and to the well-being of children and pediatricians

• Ability to work well with others

• Good listening skills

• Effective communication with members and staff

• Public speaking skills

• Ability to delegate appropriately

• Organizational skills to lead efficient meetings

• Vision to see “the big picture”

My experience with the AAP includes leadership positions in chapters, committees and sections. This has enabled me to view the AAP from a practice, academic and specialist perspective. I have served...

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