The COCME coordinates, monitors and evaluates the AAP CME/continuing professional development (CPD) program and its individual CME activities to ensure quality and consistency in the content development, design and delivery of educational activities and to provide oversight for the accreditation of the AAP CME/CPD program. A primary role of COCME is to ensure that the AAP CME/CPD program remains on the leading edge of pediatric CME. Thus, a critical function of the COCME is to recommend new directions and initiatives for the AAP CME/CPD program in consideration of sound educational practices based on the principles of adult learning theory and the most current and evidence-based CME research.
The COPE functions as a think tank within the AAP for discussion, consensus building and collaboration with respect to emerging issues facing pediatric graduate medical education (GME). These include, but are not limited to, research, curriculum development, faculty development, outcome measures, practice issues and regulatory and legislative proposals as they relate to pediatric GME. Representatives from a number of pediatric professional and educational organizations contribute to this process through appointed liaisons who report to COPE annually and contribute to activities throughout the year. The Committee reviews and monitors the field of pediatric education, identifying gaps or areas in need of enhancement and develops strategies and recommendations as needed.