The 2017 national AAP election for president-elect and district officers will begin on
Sept. 15 and conclude on Oct. 15. Look for
an email message from the AAP election
coordinator in September with your personalized link to the ballot. No other login
information will be required.
Members will be asked to choose their
next president-elect: Michael A. Weiss,
D.O., FAAP, or Kyle Yasuda, M.D., FAAP. The
winner will serve as the 2019 AAP president.
Voters also will elect district officers in
six out of 10 districts: district chairpersons
(who serve as AAP Board members), district
vice chairpersons and National Nominating Committee representatives. The new
president-elect and newly elected district
officers will take office on Jan. 1, 2018.
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are urged to vote.
The AAP president-elect candidates were asked, “What do you think is the most important issue facing
pediatricians today? What can the Academy do to help?”
Michael A. Weiss, D.O., FAAP
Coto de Caza, Calif.
To define the single most
important issue facing pediatricians today is difficult given
the heterogeneity of our physician population. With that said,
We are, collectively, charged with assuring that all children are appropriately cared for, so the 10,000-pound
gorilla challenge is how do we accomplish this in an
environment that requires us to spend more and more
time on “non-value added” tasks that take us away from
The solution to this dilemma resides in conquering
our arch nemesis: TIME. How can we find more time
to care for our patients? When I last checked, there were
still only 24 hours in a day, and most of us require sleep,
nutrition and family interaction! To capture this time,
we must take a very serious look at how we deliver care.
Whether in a primary or specialty practice, large group
or solo situation, we all have an opportunity to create
efficiencies that will give us more TIME.
I believe a major AAP priority should be to help the
point-of-care pediatricians achieve these efficiencies
through care model redesign education, specific tools,
hands-on support and collaboration with colleagues
across the country regarding best practices. The gift
of time allows us to better serve our patients and their
families and enhance our own joy of practice.
Kyle Yasuda, M.D., FAAP
Our profession is at risk. We
are less satisfied being pediatricians. Compassion fatigue
from continuously advocating
for children in the challenging
health care environment, difficulty accessing subspecialists,
I believe that the downward spiral of pediatricians’
professional satisfaction constitutes an emergency for
the AAP. We pediatricians must have sufficient oxygen
to help others. Our Academy needs to implement the pediatrician resiliency section of the strategic plan now, beginning with an organizational audit to identify gaps and
strengths. For example, our state and federal government
affairs departments’ effort to improve access to care and
payments for services is a strength. A gap is the absence
of a Medicaid advisory committee to complement the
work of the Private Payer Advocacy Advisory Committee.
I look forward to participating in developing this