About the Section on Bioethics
The Section on Bioethics was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to providing the general pediatrician and pediatric sub specialist with an understanding of the basic principles of bioethics and to help promote the importance of compassion, sensitivity, commitment, and high moral standards in the delivery of health care. In addition, the Section offers input to the AAP Board of Directors on bioethical issues and works with the AAP Committee on Bioethics to provide input to official Academy policy in this area. To learn more about the Section on Bioethics click here.

11th Annual Pediatrics Ethics Essay Contest
The contest is open to all medical students and pediatricians (including pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists). Those who are in residency or fellowship, or who have completed training within the last 5 years, are especially encouraged to submit entries. Individuals who currently serve on the AAP Committee on Bioethics or the AAP Section on Bioethics Executive Committee are not eligible for the essay contest.

The 2016 winners are:

1st Place- Kristina Catrine, MD FAAP

2nd Place- Alex Lion, DO
(Co-authors: Jodi Skiles MD, MS- Alexia Torke, MD, MS-J.Daniel Young, Mdiv Dmin- Mary Ott, MD MA)

To view this year's winning essays, along with past winners, Click here!

Bioethics Resident Curriculum: Case-Based Teaching Guides
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Bioethics and Committee on
Bioethics have together responded to the need for bioethics education in pediatric training programs. We have developed a case-based modular curriculum designed to function as a how-to resource for residency and fellowship training programs. These instructor guides are aimed at assisting pediatric faculty in helping trainees develop basic competencies in bioethics

  • The full Bioethics Resident Curriculum is available for download here.
  • Individual curriculum modules are available for download here.

Find out how to join the Section on Bioethics here

For additional information on the Section or their activities please contact AAP staff





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