Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC)

The membership of AMSPDC consists of the chair or acting chair or academic administrative head of the department of pediatrics of each accredited medical school in the United States and Canada. Its purpose is to foster education and research in the field of child health and human development.

Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD)

The Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) serves pediatric programs by leading the advancement of education to ensure the health and well-being of children. Membership in the Association of Pediatric Program Directors is through pediatric residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and those hospitals in Canada approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to provide residency training programs in Pediatrics.

Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE)

The Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE) is a multidisciplinary group formed to enhance clinical instruction of medical students. Because ACE represents leaders in education from a broad range of medical specialties, it can play a key role in issues related to multi and interdisciplinary undergraduate clinical medical education.

The Academic Pediatric Association (APA)

The APA’s mission is to nurture the academic success and career development of child health professionals engaged in research, advocacy, improvement science and educational scholarship to enhance the health and well-being of all children. APA members are members of the health professions and other individuals who are actively engaged in two out of three of the following activities in general pediatrics – teaching, patient care and research.



Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (COPS)

The Council of Pediatric Subspecialties advances child health through communication and collaboration within its network of pediatric subspecialties and liaison organizations. The membership is be made up of representatives from organizations involved in the practice, training, education and/or research of pediatric specialty and subspecialty medicine.

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves the public through its high- quality assessments of healthcare professionals, notably the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) and the Subject Examination Program.

Paediatric Undergraduate Program Directors of Canada (PUPDOC)

The Paediatric Undergraduate Program Directors of Canada (PUPDOC) are paediatric undergraduate and clerkship directors representing each of the seventeen Canadian medical schools. They prefer to spell pediatrics incorrectly, yet we still forgive them since they tend to otherwise be quite cool.