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Studies of the Pediatric Subspecialty Workforce

Studies of the Pediatric Subspecialty Workforce EDITORIAL Overexposed and Underexposed Snapshots in Time Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- eral pediatrics markedly increased. First-year categori- I took the one less traveled by, cal general pediatric residents increased 40% from the and that has made all the difference. beginning to the end of the 1990s. Similar increases were -Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken seen in those entering combined pediatric-internal medi- cine residency. Despite known shortages in the subspe- As those in residency training contemplate the possibil- cialty workforce, the emphasis on primary care was so ity of entering subspecialty training, one wonders if they strong that the percentage of those completing general might consider the musings of Robert Frost. Could he pediatric residency who went on to fellowship subspe- have been foreshadowing the dilemma facing those cur- cialty training declined from 33% to less than 20%. By rently making career decisions, decisions that balance on 2000, it had become very evident that significant sub- murky understandings of which roads (subspecialties) specialty workforce shortages had developed in many, are more, or less, heavily traveled? In this issue of the if not most, of the pediatric subspecialties. Shortages were ARCHIVES, Mayer and Skinner, in a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Studies of the Pediatric Subspecialty Workforce

JAMA Pediatrics , Volume 158 (12) – Dec 1, 2004

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2004 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.158.12.1185
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15583106
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Abstract

EDITORIAL Overexposed and Underexposed Snapshots in Time Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- eral pediatrics markedly increased. First-year categori- I took the one less traveled by, cal general pediatric residents increased 40% from the and that has made all the difference. beginning to the end of the 1990s. Similar increases were -Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken seen in those entering combined pediatric-internal medi- cine residency. Despite known shortages in the subspe- As those in residency training contemplate the possibil- cialty workforce, the emphasis on primary care was so ity of entering subspecialty training, one wonders if they strong that the percentage of those completing general might consider the musings of Robert Frost. Could he pediatric residency who went on to fellowship subspe- have been foreshadowing the dilemma facing those cur- cialty training declined from 33% to less than 20%. By rently making career decisions, decisions that balance on 2000, it had become very evident that significant sub- murky understandings of which roads (subspecialties) specialty workforce shortages had developed in many, are more, or less, heavily traveled? In this issue of the if not most, of the pediatric subspecialties. Shortages were ARCHIVES, Mayer and Skinner, in a

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 2004

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