From Sept. 7-21, eligible AAP members will have an opportunity not shared by members
of every national medical association. They can vote for their officers.
AAP Fellows, specialty Fellows, board-certified post-residency training members, candidate
members and senior members — all in good standing — are eligible to vote.
Executive committee members of the Section on Pediatric Trainees can vote for president-elect,
who will become president in 2021.
An email sent to each individual contains a personalized link to the ballot. For this
election, voters will select a president-elect (Pamela K. Shaw, M.D., FAAP, or Lee
Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP), other national positions in Districts I, II, IV, V, VII
and IX, and three at-large candidates. Terms begin Jan. 1, 2020.
Traditionally, AAP voting was conducted with paper ballots. In 2003, voters had a
choice of paper or online; in the past decade, only online voting has been offered.
Regardless of the method, member response has room for improvement. As recently as
the early 1990s, about 40% of AAP members voted, but the percentage has declined to
While the voting process usually runs smoothly, common questions include the following:
Q: What is the URL to vote? I can’t find my personalized email.