Overview Congratulations on joining the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD). We are a network of more than 3,000 colleagues at over 200 different institutions, all of whom are facing the same issues as you are. Since 1985, we have been dedicated to our vision of "Exemplary pediatric education across the continuum."

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Where do I start as a new APPD member?

The website is a wealth of information on all of the resources and opportunities for new members. Visit and click on links to find out about specific areas of interest to you, regional activities, and other information. Recent APPD Bulletins, and meeting presentations are available to view past/recent activities. We also highly suggest attending one of the national APPD meetings, either in the spring or fall, so that you may enjoy direct networking and programming. The website has information on both upcoming APPD meetings and detailed programs from past meetings.

How does the APPD communicate with members?

We respect your time and try to limit too many mailings, while keeping you informed through multiple methods. We send out monthly email summaries (APPD Bulletin) with news, deadlines and other important information. The website is also frequently updated with announcements, and future events. Regional and sectional discussion forums, and other electronic communications augment in-person activities.

How can the APPD help me with Promotion/Tenure?

In addition to program development, we are committed to your individual success. For many in academics, this includes demonstration of excellence in education and/or scholarly activities.

In 2012, APPD launched the APPD Leadership in Educational Academic Development (APPD LEAD) program, providing a unique opportunity for pediatric academic leaders in medical education to engage and learn from seasoned program directors, pediatric educators, and other national leaders in pediatrics. The LEAD curriculum focuses on organizational leadership, competency-based curriculum development, faculty development, residency and fellowship program administration, scholarship and career development. The curriculum is paced over three educational conferences, with additional group activities, readings and project work expected between conferences. If you are interested in learning more about APPD LEAD, please visit

The APPD has multiple opportunities to submit workshops and presentations. The online Share Warehouse  provides a venue to disseminate curricular work and generates reports of an authors' work downloaded by others. We also have programming to help with publication of your work and representation on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA).

Is there a mentor program?

Mentorship is available both informally in regional and national meeting networking and through a formal APPD mentorship program

How do I submit a workshop presentation?

The APPD has workshops (now called "enhanced learning sessions") during the national spring meeting. Calls for proposals are sent out and posted online in late-summer to early-fall. New or old members are encouraged to apply and collaboration on presentations is emphasized. See past meeting programs posted online for examples.

How do I get involved in research?

The Research and Scholarship Learning Community provides a good way to learn about educational scholarly activities. In addition, regional members often collaborate on projects. Many workshops dedicated to research design, implementation, measurement, and publication are included during the APPD Annual Spring Meeting. Scientific sessions at meetings highlight some of the excellent work done in a variety of educational arenas.

APPD's Longitudinal Educational Assessment Research Network (LEARN) provides infrastructure for multicenter, collaborative research projects by and for Pediatric residency programs. Through meaningful educational research, APPD LEARN advances the training of future Pediatricians by developing and promoting participation and collaboration in research by program directors for the purpose of improving the health and well-being of children. APPD LEARN activities include: 1) management of an online repository of educational research study materials, raw data, and findings for dissemination to members; 2) expert consultation for research conducted within APPD LEARN; 3) information-sharing opportunities with APPD members and the larger medical education community; and 4) opportunities to enhance educational research participation and scholarship by Program Directors. To learn more about becoming a member of APPD LEARN, email

How can the APPD help me with ACGME accreditation?

This is a top priority for programs and a major focus of APPD resources. Initial accreditation, reaccreditation, and response to citations are detailed in APPD website guides, meeting programming, (ACGME representatives attend and present updates at both the Spring and Fall Meetings), and networking with peers. Competency tools and shared educational resources help programs understand and comply with RRC requirements.

What region am I in?

There are 8 regions divided up geographically. Find your region by state and choose the region names for more info.

Is there specialized programming for different members (coordinators, fellowships, small programs, etc.)?

As program administration has become more specialized and complex, the APPD recognizes this and has subgroups and meeting tracks. These distinctions are helpful for more effective program development and for individual career advice.

What is the APPD role in other pediatric professional organizations?

The APPD holds liaison positions and represents membership in all major pediatric organizations. The APPD Board of Directors, other leaders and members are involved in creation of policy, review of initiatives and advocacy for children through education. APPD meetings often include representatives from the ABP, AAP, ACGME, and other major involved organizations to foster interactions with our members.

How is APPD policy set, and how do I share my ideas?

The APPD relies strongly on grassroots ideas from our members. Many initiatives arise out of the regional organizations, learning communities and other committees. The APPD member-elected Board is always seeking input and hosts member conference calls to discuss timely topics. During national meetings we hold an open discussion forum to share ideas, review 'hot topics' and identify issues for additional action. National meetings also include representatives from other groups available for interactions and exchange of ideas.

What leadership positions are there?

There are APPD offices at the regional and national level, presenting numerous opportunities to get involved as a member, or even to formally run for an office. Most have 2-3 year terms and the organization welcomes interest from new members as well as old members. There are leadership positions through the following (as well as additional opportunities through the year):

APPD Board

Section Executive Committees
Associate Program Directors
Fellowship Directors

Learning Communities


What does the APPD do with dues and fees?

Our organization is fiscally sound and responsible. Most fees go directly to member activities and programming.

How do I convince my Chair about the time/expense to get involved in APPD?

Leaders of residency and fellowship programs must have the time, tools, and support to succeed. With increasing demands, membership in the APPD can be invaluable for maintenance of accreditation, implementation of competency requirements and other resources. Through collaboration, the power of shared resources actually helps avoid 'reinventing the wheel' at each program. In addition, APPD provides an academic home for vital career development and mentorship. Annual dues are based on a group rate for multiple members at your institution to benefit and keep costs per member reasonable.

What grants are available?

Special project grants are awarded annually (up to $10,000 in past years). Support for coordinators to attend meetings and other programs are available as well.

What awards are available?

The APPD is dedicated to recognition of the tireless work over several years by coordinators, directors, and educators. See more details and specifics for past winners and types of awards.

What is the history of the APPD?

The APPD was created by leaders from other pediatric organizations like the ABP, AAP and AMSPDC to focus on the unique issues in graduate medical education. The first meeting was held in 1985 and our membership has grown greatly and accomplished many things in the last 3 decades. APPD History

How do I contact someone at APPD?

Visit the website (, email ( or phone (703-556-9222) for more information, membership questions, or other inquiries.