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Membership Criteria

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The Section on Surgery (SOSu), founded in 1948, has as its primary goals:

  • to present a scientific program which will provide state-of-the art techniques and information for pediatric
  • to serve in a consulting capacity to the AAP Board of Directors to make recommendations for educational
    programs, policy statements, and other actions on matters relating to the surgical care of infants, children,
    adolescents and young adults.

The Section traditionally presents a 2½ day educational program at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition. This
program features two days of abstract and poster presentations, a distinguished overseas guest lecture, and a
symposium panel. The Section also hosts a one-half day program by the Pediatric Oncology Group/Children's Cancer
Group. A social banquet is held on the Saturday evening of the NCE where the Section presents three annual awards:

  1. the William E. Ladd Medal, the highest honor the Section can bestow on physicians who have made a signifi-
    cant contribution to the field of pediatric surgery,
  2. the Arnold M. Salzberg Award, given to surgeons who have distinguished themselves as mentors,
  3. and the Stephen L. Gans Distinguished Overseas Lectureship, given to encourage sharing between section
    members and pediatric surgeons from other countries and to recognize achievements in the field of pediatric
    surgery in other countries.

In addition, three pediatric surgery resident research prizes are awarded at each meeting to those young
investigators who have performed innovative research studies.

The Section acts as an expert resource to the Academy and has liaisons to such policy-making bodies as the
Committee on Bioethics, Hospital Care, Fetus and Newborn, and Injury and Poison Prevention. The Section also
maintains representatives to outside organizations such as the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Advisory
Council on Pediatric Surgery of the American College of Surgeons, the United Network for Organ Sharing, and the
World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgery.

(See policy statements listed on the SOSu home page.)

Membership in the Section is open to physicians who are certified by the American Board of Surgery in general
surgery. They must also have:
  • special certification in pediatric surgery or
  • the equivalent of two years of specialized training in a pediatric center, and a devotion of fifty percent (50%) or
    more of the candidate's current operative practice, exclusive of minor surgical procedures, to the care of
    children, over a minimum of five years after training

Section Post Residency Training Membership is open to:

  • International Pediatric Surgeons not eligible for Specialty Fellowship in the AAP who reside outside the
    borders of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
  • Trainees in Pediatric Surgery who are (1) currently enrolled in an ACGME residency review committee in
    surgery approved residence in pediatric surgery or (2) have finished an ACGME residency training program in
    pediatric surgery within the last five years that is approved by ACGME residency review committee in surgery,
    but who have not yet attained a certificate of special qualification in pediatric surgery and (3) devote 50% or
    more of current operative practice exclusive of minor surgical procedures to the care of pediatric patients.

As a member of the Section on Surgery you will receive all Section materials, including the Section on Surgery's
Newsletter, registration materials regarding the AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE), the Section on Surgery
Scientific Pocket Program from the NCE and other related information as it becomes available.

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