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
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...