Objective: To identify the factors that encourage or discourage internal medicine and pediatric residents regarding specializing in endocrinology with a focus on diabetes.Methods: We conducted an electronic survey of internal medicine and pediatric residents using a $10 participation incentive. A total of 653 residents responded to the survey (estimated response rate of 9.2%)-626 from residency programs that were contacted for our survey and 27 from referrals.Results: Among internal medicine and pediatric residents surveyed, 39 respondents (6.0%) planned to specialize in endocrinology, and 27 of these (4.1% of total respondents) planned to focus on diabetes. "Intellectual satisfaction," "emotional satisfaction," and "work-life balance" were identified by respondents as the most important factors in their choice of a specialty, with ratings of 5.5, 5.4, and 5.3 on a 6-point Likert scale. Among these factors identified as most important to a medical career, endocrinology with a focus on diabetes scored poorly with regard to intellectual and emotional satisfaction but received high ranking with regard to lifestyle. With regard to other factors, endocrinology was rated negatively on "compensation," "number of procedures," and "patient adherence to prescribed treatment." Exposure to diabetes during training had no major influence on the decision to enter endocrinology.Conclusion: Endocrinology with a focus on diabetes care is not an attractive specialty for most internal medicine and pediatric residents. Therefore, new strategies to attract residents to the field of diabetes care are needed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism