There is no doubt that all sectors of pediatrics are experiencing a multitude of changes. It is imperative for pediatricians to be knowledgeable about and involved in managing these changes.

Maintaining control of our specialty will require effective communication among all pediatricians. The AAP depends on input from members when making decisions, developing policies, constructing optimal educational tools and programs, and for direction in conversations with politicians, business leaders, policy-makers and others.

Although many AAP Fellows are involved in leadership roles, many others do not have routine access to the work accomplished by the AAP every day. As an example, following are some of the most important actions taken by your Executive Committee in the two weeks after the 2011 National Conference & Exhibition in Boston:

During my campaign year and my year as AAP president-elect, I often was asked, “What is the Academy doing for me?” Our answer is...

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