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Pediatrics Clerkship Resource Guide: Key Info

Published Guidelines

Pediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines & Policies, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics Medical practice guidelines summarize the best practice in a particular area of healthcare.

They define important questions related to clinical practice and outline decision options and their outcomes. The intent is to improve the connection between evidence and practice, raise the standard of care, and guide the decision-making process.

Historically, medical practice guidelines were based on tradition. Modern guidelines are written by medical associations or governmental organization using the most current data and best evidence.


  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Largest publisher on pediatric topics in the world, qualified pediatricians can become fellows, publishes practice recommendations.  Medical Student Members should be enrolled in a medical school accredited by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) - MS annual dues:  $25. 
  • American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) - one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties with one main objective -- to promote excellence in medical care for children and adolescents.
  • American Pediatric Society (APS) - For pediatricians in the United States and Canada.  Mission is to advance academic pediatrics
  • Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) - The Texas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics - focus on issues specific to Texas.  Any medical student currently enrolled in an approved Texas medical school may hold a Medical Student Membership. Student Members may serve on committees, but may not vote or hold office. MS FY dues: $15.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse served as the clearinghouse for Federal guidelines through AHRQ until 7/16/2018 when it was no longer funded. You can find archived versions of existing guidelines in the following places:

Please note, the further we move from the end date of 7/16/2018, the less relevant the included guidelines will become.