MISSION: Engaging distinguished pediatric leaders to shape the future of academic pediatrics.
VISION: A secure future for academic pediatrics.
APS/SPR Joint Council
Twice annually, the Councils of the APS and the SPR meet in joint session. These meetings serve both to inform each organization’s leadership of the mission-critical activities of the other and, especially, to administer and accomplish joint initiatives of the two groups. These joint initiatives include:
The annual PAS meeting: This meeting brings together organizations dedicated to pediatric research, mentoring, and training and serves as “home” to presentations from several generalist and specialist pediatric organizations;
The Pediatric Research Foundation: Founded by the late Dr. Ralph Feigin, the Pediatric Research Foundation is dedicated to building up an endowment fund that will be used ensure the future of the two organizations and their roles in education and advocacy for academic pediatrics;
Both organizations are also members of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations and the Pediatric Public Policy Council, and the Joint Council meetings provide an opportunity to discuss items and issues of mutual interest in this regard, as well.
International Pediatric Research Foundation
The International Pediatric Research Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization created to ensure the fiscal management of the journal, Pediatric Research. The journal publishes original research papers, invited reviews, and commentaries on the etiologies of diseases of children and disorders of development, extending from molecular biology to epidemiology.
Pediatric Research is the official journal of the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the European Society for Paediatric Research. Access to Pediatric Research is free for members. Institutional and individual subscriptions are also available.
MISSION: The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certifies general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality health care during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and the transition into adulthood. The ABP certification provides assurance to the public that a general pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist has successfully completed accredited training and fulfills the continuous evaluation requirements that encompass the six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The ABP’s quest for excellence is evidenced in its rigorous evaluation process and in new initiatives undertaken that not only continually improve the standards of its certification but also advance the science, education, study, and practice of pediatrics.
VISION: The “North Star” for the ABP is and will remain the improvement of health outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults (hereafter, “children”).
MISSION: APSA strives to be the student physician-scientists’ leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational medicine.
The Committee on Federal Government Affairs (COFGA) provides strategic guidance to AAP’s Department of Federal Affairs on advocacy with the White House, Congress and federal agencies. COFGA also works closely with AAP councils, committees, sections, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to analyze federal issues and provide strategies for addressing them at the national level.
Aligned with the components of AAP’s Agenda for Children, issues currently being addressed include: health reform implementation, disaster preparedness, federal appropriations, tobacco regulation, and pediatric practice and workforce issues. COFGA also serves as faculty for advocacy trainings and events such as the Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, helping AAP members understand the federal legislative process, acquire skills and techniques to successfully impact Congress and effectively utilize the media for advocacy.
COFGA members contribute their federal policy expertise to benefit children, whether by testifying before the federal government on a child health legislative priority, writing an opinion piece to a local or national media outlet, or by providing a pediatric perspective to federal legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.