The AAP Board of Directors is soliciting nominations to fill 21 AAP national committee member vacancies for terms beginning July 1, 2014, as follows:

Child Abuse and Neglect (2)
Child Health Financing (3)
Coding and Nomenclature
Development (Districts VI and X) (2)
Federal Government Affairs
Fetus and Newborn (3)
Hospital Care
Infectious Diseases (2)
Medical Liability and Risk Management
Pediatric AIDS
Pediatric Research
Practice and Ambulatory Medicine
Residency Scholarship
State Government Affairs

The detailed information regarding this call for nominations may be found on the AAP Member Center: http://www2.aap.org/moc/leader/nominations.cfm. The list of vacancies, committee needs and term roster, as well as the fact sheet and biosummary templates, are available on this web site. New this year are a FAQ sheet, the committee member responsibilities, and sample nominations and support letters. Also new, is the attached recruiting algorithm developed by the Board of Directors for use by the AAP leadership!

The committee needs are crucial in the committee appointment process as the Board of Directors carefully considers these needs when reviewing nomination materials and making appointments. Note that committee members are appointed and reappointed biennially for a maximum of three 2-year terms. Committee member appointments are made on the basis of knowledge, expertise, and the documented needs of the committee. Within this context, Academy membership demographics such as professional activity, gender, ethnicity, and geographical distribution will be considered, as well as chapter activity.

The scheduled deadline for nominations is February 24, 2014. Nominees must submit a letter of nomination, fact sheet, completed biosketch, and optional letters of support to their Chapter President and the Central Office in Elk Grove Village, by e-mail, at nominations@aap.org. Nomination materials may also be submitted via postal mail to 141 Northwest Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, or by fax at 847/434-8000, attention Cyndy Rouse. All nomination materials must be date stamped or postmarked by midnight (CST) on February 24, 2014.

The AAP Board of Directors will meet May 13-17, 2014, to review all member nominees and make final appointments. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cyndy Rouse at AAP, crouse@aap.org or 847/434-7938.