Why APS?  Membership Matters / Members Matter

Founded in 1888, the American Pediatric Society (APS) is the first and most prestigious academic pediatric organization in North America. Nearly 1,200 members strong the APS is dedicated to the advancement of child health through the promotion of pediatric research, recognition of achievement and cultivation of excellence through advocacy, scholarship, education and leadership development. Members of APS are recognized as academic leaders in pediatrics, and they continue to contribute to the overall progress of child health while inspiring the next generation of child health professionals.

Call for New Members  – APS Encourages You to Nominate a Colleague for Membership

Mission.  The mission of the American Pediatric Society is to shape the future of academic pediatrics through the engagement of distinguished pediatric leaders who represent the full diversity within the field.  

Membership criteria. Active members shall be limited to professionals who have distinguished themselves as child health leaders, teachers, scholars, policymakers, and/or clinicians and whose important contributions are recognized nationally and/or internationally, as determined by the Council, and who have well-established credentials as teachers, scholars, policymakers, and/or clinicians and whose contributions have advanced child health. 

Nominator Eligibility Only Active APS Members who are in good standing and current on all dues payments may propose or second the nomination of a distinguished child health leader as a new APS Member.  Neither the proposing or seconding member may be a current APS Officer or Council Member.
Nomination Required Documents
  • Proposing member letter of nomination
  • Seconding member letter of nomination
  • Nominee curriculum vitae (CV)
Letters of nomination must clearly: 1) indicate how the nominee has distinguished themselves as a child health leader, teacher, scholar, policymaker, advocate, and/or clinician;
2) offer evidence that the nominee’s contributions are recognized nationally and/or internationally;
3) document the nominee has well-established credentials garnered over a period of many years as a teacher, scholar, policymaker, advocate, and/or clinician; and
4)  explain how the nominee’s contributions have advanced child health.

Suggested ways to indicate how the nominee has demonstrated leadership in child health are outlined below:

  • Research/Scholarship. Indicate and enumerate the nominee’s most important scholarly contributions to pediatrics. This could include significant research publications, books, research grants, and other scholarly contributions that have advanced the field.
  • Teaching/Clinical Activities. Indicate nominee’s substantial contributions to pediatric education (students, trainees or peers) and/or clinical practice (e.g., quality improvement, medical administration, program development, health policy).
  • National/International Recognition. Indicate peer recognition of the nominee as an acknowledged leader or contributor to the advancement of child health.
  • DEI Support. Indicate nominee’s support of diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of pediatrics.

Clear and precise delineation of a nominee’s well-established stature within pediatrics either in academia or the pediatric community at large is essential.

Finally, please address the nominated member’s anticipated engagement in the APS. Indicate in what way(s) the nominee will most likely contribute to the APS mission and their involvement in other pediatric organizations and the PAS Meeting.

Selection Nominators will be notified of new member selections in late November – early December.