The status of academic general pediatrics: No longer endangered?

Tina L. Cheng, Diane Markakis, Thomas G. DeWitt

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Abstract

Our study objective was to assess the current state of general academic pediatrics in the United States. A confidential survey of division directors was conducted. At the beginning and end of the survey period, programs were called to verify the director's name. Of 199 divisions surveyed, 119 were returned. The number of physician and nonphysician division faculty has grown from a mean of 12.1 (±8.2) and 1.7 (±1.8), respectively, 5 years ago to 15.6 (±11.7) and 2.1 (±2.6). Over a 15- to 18-month period, 21% of programs had a change in division director leadership. Over 90% of divisions rated the clinical care and education missions as "very important," with research and advocacy thus rated by 29% and 50%. Ninety-five percent of divisions have primary responsibility for residency continuity clinics, 51% residency program, and 64% medical student clerkship. The mean number of annual outpatient visits was 29 821 (26 487). Academic general pediatrics divisions have grown and play a large role in clinical care, education, and research at their institutions. There is a need for continued focus on recruitment, fellowship training, faculty development, and leadership development. Although these divisions are now well established, many continue to feel "endangered" because of funding uncertainties in supporting their missions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e46-e52
JournalPediatrics
Volume119
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Ambulatory care
  • Community pediatrics
  • Education
  • Health care delivery/access
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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