Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the benefits of joining the College?

  • Membership in a national professional organization of pediatricians.
  • Satisfaction of knowing that your professional organization is producing honest and accurate information on child development, social, and medical issues for parents and leaders in society.
  • Networking with other like-minded physicians: professionally and socially.
  • Having a voice in the creation of Position and Policy statements of the College. All official statements are first circulated to the membership for approval prior to release.
  • Invitation to national meetings of the College and all biannual Board meetings.
  • Monthly eNewsletter containing current information from the College and around the globe.
  • Access to the Members Section on the website which provides:
    • Patient Information Handouts for use in your practice
    • Member locator
    • College publications
    • CME opportunities
    • Editable personal profile and online dues payment function

2. Must I leave other professional organizations to join the College?

  • No. Many of our members are also members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and other professional medical organizations, such as the American Medical Association. Click here to view a comparison sheet between the College and the AAP.

3. What will happen if I leave other professional pediatric organizations to join the College?

  • No problem. Membership in such an organization is not a requirement for licensure or to practice pediatrics. You are simply leaving one professional pediatric organization(s) for another. And, if desired, you may in many instances remain a member of your state Pediatric Society.
  • You can still purchase materials from other organizations (such as the Red Book and Pediatrics from the AAP), attend sponsored meetings, and participate in CME programs, all at a slight increase over the member price.

4. How is the College different from religious organizations such as the CMDA and the CMA?

5. What is the cost of College membership?

6. How can I get involved in the work of the College?

  • You are encouraged to become involved at whatever level you desire. This commitment may range from simply supporting the College through the payment of your annual dues to becoming a member of the Board of Directors. Members are encouraged to voice their concerns, visions, and desires for the College to the officers and members of the Board of Directors.