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Pediatric hospitalists' influences on education and career plans.
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PMID:  21997893     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Pediatric hospitalist (PH) presence is rapidly increasing, yet little is known about pediatric resident exposure to hospitalists, or how this affects resident education/career decisions. OBJECTIVES: To determine resident exposure to pediatric hospitalists; examine resident opinions regarding hospitalists' roles; examine resident opinion of hospital medicine career training needs; explore how resident exposure to hospitalists affects career choices. METHODS: Survey of random sample of 300 residents from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Residents database. RESULTS: Two-hundred seventy-nine pediatric residents surveyed; 120(43%) responded with variance by question; 90% work with hospitalists during residency. Of this national sample, 82% cite hospitalists as enhancing education. A majority (64%) believe pediatric hospitalists are better than primary care physicians at caring for complex inpatients; 28% felt PH provided better care for routine admissions. Over one-third surveyed are considering a career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM); 7% plan to enter the field upon graduation. Residents cited opportunities to participate in education, flexible hours, and better salaries as the top 3 reasons to become a hospitalist. Ten percent felt there was no difference between resident and hospitalist positions; 21% see PHM as a short-term job without long-term potential. Of residents entering Primary Care, a majority (59%) stated that the availability of hospitalists would positively influence their choice of a practice position; 7% said they were "less likely to choose to practice Primary Care Pediatrics because of hospitalists." CONCLUSIONS: PH have a role in physician training. While PHM has become a career consideration for trainees, more work needs to be done to improve the perception of PHM as a viable long-term career. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2011;. © 2011 Society of Hospital Medicine.
Jennifer A Daru; Alison Holmes; Amy J Starmer; Julia Aquino; Daniel A Rauch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1553-5606     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101271025     Medline TA:  J Hosp Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Society of Hospital Medicine.
Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California.
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