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(Working document, produced January 2015)

PREAMBLE: AMSPDC member departments are responsible for the delivery of the most advanced care for children with developmental and acquired diseases. Collectively through their basic and clinical research programs our members advance child health by discovering new treatments, creating new understanding of disease processes and advancing innovative care delivery models and technology to reduce mortality and morbidity from childhood disease. As a consequence of the care they deliver and the research they advance, AMSPDC members provide exemplary training environments to ensure the next generation of pediatric primary care and pediatric specialists are capable of providing compassionate, knowledgeable and cost effective care.

MISSION: To improve the health and wellbeing of all children through the development of a diverse and inclusive community of academic pediatric department chairs working collaboratively to advance departmental clinical, research, education, and advocacy missions while ensuring equity and anti-racist ideals.

VISION: Academic Pediatric Departments lead in care delivery, research, training, and advocacy that improves the health and wellbeing of children in their communities and throughout the world.


  • Integrity
    We are professional and honest in our working relationships and strive for equity and fairness in our decision making. We honor our commitments and hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical and performance standards.
  • Collaboration
    We are committed to working together with each other, patient groups, and relevant professional organizations. We support a culture of participation and inclusion, including the formation of partnerships, and advocacy designed to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions that impact children’s health. We respect differences among our members and their organizations, recognizing they are part of our strength, and freely share ideas to inspire and learn from one another.
  • Compassion
    We care about children and families and each other.
  • Innovation
    We support an organizational culture that values change and innovation.
  • Leadership
    As the leaders in academic pediatrics we model the values of our organization and help to develop the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Excellence
    We pursue excellence in all our core missions: clinical care, research, education and advocacy.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    We are committed to proactively engaging, understanding and addressing equity, diversity and inclusion.

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