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APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. 


The APSA Education Committee will optimize surgical care to children through effective knowledge delivery to its community and translation of knowledge into practice.


The APSA Education Committee will support the development of Pediatric Surgeons by providing resources for educating students, trainees, patients, families, and practicing surgeons.

Mission Statement of Subcommittees:

Patient/Family Subcommittee – The goal of the patient/family subcommittee is to provide easy-to-access, easy-to-understand educational resources to patients and families that complements discussions with their pediatric surgeon and furthers their understanding of their surgery or diagnosis. This subcommittee also works collaboratively with the AAP Section on Surgery and the ACS on educational material development and dissemination.

Practicing Surgeons Subcommittee – The goal of the practicing surgeons subcommittee is to enhance lifelong learning opportunities for all practicing pediatric surgeons by creating easily accessible, relevant and evidence-based educational materials to facilitate professional development so that pediatric surgeons can consistently deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.

Resident/Student Subcommittee – The goal of the student/resident subcommittee is to both disseminate knowledge of pediatric surgery topics to medical students and residents in a concise, learner-friendly manner as well as to provide guidance for those interested in pursuing a career in pediatric surgery.

Rural Surgery/Military Subcommittee – Our purpose is the development of educational resources to optimize pediatric surgical delivery in remote and austere environments.

Social Media/Distribution Subcommittee – The social media/distribution subcommittee will spread educational information and communicate available resources and materials through various digital platforms.

Telehealth Subcommittee – The telehealth subcommittee will lead the development and dissemination of health informatics within the pediatric surgery community to ensure the delivery of high quality pediatric surgical health.

STEPS Toolbox Educational Resource

The APSA Education Committee has designed the Standardized Toolbox of Education for Pediatric Surgery (STEPS), PowerPoint web-based teaching tools to serve as a resource for faculty and senior residents to use for teaching medical students and junior residents. View the STEPS materials for: abdominal masses of childhood, abdominal wall defects, appendicitis, esophageal atresias and tracheo esophageal fistulas, hernias, imperforate anus, intestinal atresia and necrotizing enterocolitis.