APS logo APS Mission, Vision & Core Values


The mission of APS is to advance academic pediatrics.

APS will accomplish this mission by promoting pediatric research and scholarship, serving as a strong and effective advocate for academic pediatrics, recognizing and honoring achievement, and cultivating excellence, diversity, and equity in the field of pediatrics through advocacy, scholarship, education, and leadership development.


  • Advances in biomedical and behavioral science that improve child health outcomes in all communities are translated into practice quickly and efficiently
  • Academic pediatrics is recognized and valued as a career path that provides professional and personal fulfillment

Core Values

We believe that:
  • Advancing academic pediatrics improves child health by preventing disease and eliminating health disparities
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential values for academic pediatrics, pediatricians in training, and the practice of pediatrics
  • Advancing pediatric research improves health across the lifespan, from infancy through adulthood
  • Developing critical minds and fostering innovation are the essence of our profession
  • Mentorship and interdisciplinary training are needed to achieve the best science and outstanding scholarship
  • All children should receive evidence-based and compassionate health care so they can lead healthy, productive lives
  • Membership in APS is an honor in recognition of sustained academic achievement