Role of the school physician

Pediatrics. 2013 Jan;131(1):178-82. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2995. Epub 2012 Dec 31.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the important role physicians play in promoting the optimal biopsychosocial well-being of children in the school setting. Although the concept of a school physician has existed for more than a century, uniformity among states and school districts regarding physicians in schools and the laws governing it are lacking. By understanding the roles and contributions physicians can make to schools, pediatricians can support and promote school physicians in their communities and improve health and safety for children.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Physician's Role*
  • School Health Services*
  • Students*