The Academy is a large organization, and it may seem difficult for the individual pediatrician to get involved. AAP sections and councils offer members one such opportunity.

Councils and sections provide a forum for members who share similar interests within the field of pediatrics to:

The 55 sections and councils cover special areas of interest such as sports medicine and fitness, medical subspecialties such as critical care, and surgical specialties such as ophthalmology.

“Section members represent a growing, dynamic, multitalented group that works individually and through the general AAP membership to improve the health of our nation’s children,” said Patience White, M.D., FAAP, former chair of the AAP Council on Sections. “Section members’ interest and expertise add an exciting dimension to the AAP as a whole.”

Each section and council has a leadership (or executive) committee that steers the strategic direction of the group. Each November, there is a call...

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