Member Benefits

Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Building A Healthy Future Together

Maryland Chapter | American Academy of Pediatrics

Why should you join the MDAAP?


    The MDAAP is the voice of children in the Maryland General Assembly. The MDAAP will keep you informed about legislation affecting your patients – and with your help, we can bring expertise needed to move legislation forward. In 2022, the MDAAP supported legislation that would:

    • 9-8-8 Trust Fund to maintain a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline
    • Maryland Medical Assistance Program to provide comprehensive dental care for all
    • Newborn screening program testing as listed by HSS Recommended Uniform Screening Program
    • Seizure recognition and response programs in schools
    • Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program in the Maryland Department of Labor
    • Early intervention via Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program
    • Food supplement benefits for adolescents enrolled in institution of higher education
    • Elevated blood lead levels – initiation of case management, environmental investigation, and risk reduction

    The MDAAP is your voice at the table in the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland General Assembly, and other advisory boards. In addition, our MDAAP Pediatric Council assists with issues of access to care, quality of care, and physician payment. The MDAAP has recently tackled these issues:

    • Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) issues related to pediatric inpatient services and integration of pediatric care in the community
    • Maternal and Child Health Task force to help HSCRC create policies that will incentivize prevention of and early intervention for pediatric illness and community-based models of care
    • E & M Code reimbursement parity with Medicare

    The MDAAP can help you build your professional networks throughout the State and connect you to relevant stakeholders. Here is how you can develop professionally with the MDAAP:

    • Lead committees at the MDAAP Chapter and State level
    • Provide continuing education opportunities on topics relevant to you
    • Develop collaborations outside your own academic institution with your MDAAP colleagues
    • Learn about leadership opportunities at the National American Academy of Pediatrics that help you build a national reputation in your field and facilitate academic promotion
    • Increase your knowledge of and participation in legislative activities at a state level
    • Increase involvement in the legislative arena to positively influence the quality of pediatric practice and the welfare of children and adolescents in Maryland
    • Build coalitions with other organizations working toward improving children’s health and well-being
    • Promote the interests of Maryland pediatricians within the American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Promote fair reimbursements for pediatricians throughout Maryland
    • Participate in chapter committees and task forces in areas that interest you
    • Be nominated to participate in national committees as openings become available
    • Network with other pediatricians with similar interests
    • Improve chapter membership participation on National AAP projects and committees
    • Join us for opportunities to meet your colleagues throughout the state
    • Receive chapter communications and other informative mailings and e-blasts
    • Attend Continuing Medical Education meetings sponsored by the chapter
    • Participate in Quality Improvement projects