Current workforce projections estimate that there is a shortage of child neurologists. We surveyed child neurology residents to learn more about the entry point for a career in child neurology: what attracts current residents to the field of child neurology and what the future career plans of child neurology residents are. Most respondents (52%) were exposed to child neurology for the first time in their third or fourth year of medical school, with 41% reporting that they chose the specialty at that time. US medical graduates identified having a mentor as one of the most influential exposures in their career choice. Respondents predict that they will spend less time on patient care and more time on research than current practicing child neurologists report. When asked about what could improve the attractiveness of the field, residents responded that medical students should get increased and earlier exposure to child neurology. Given the declining number of individuals pursuing a career in child neurology and that current residents predict that they will spend less time seeing patients than their predecessors do, understanding how to attract more candidates to child neurology will be essential to alleviate future shortages in child neurology.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Clinical Neurology