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  1. 1. Why Pediatrics?? George Johnson, MD Professor of Pediatrics
  2. 2. This is Why
  3. 3. What You Need to Do (as a pediatrician) <ul><li>Get useful information from crying babies and children (their distraught parents) when they are ill </li></ul><ul><li>Examine these same kids </li></ul><ul><li>Teach - children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and government officials </li></ul><ul><li>Help families and kids through or beyond the rough parts of their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Have to be able to function as part of a team </li></ul>
  4. 4. Downside of Pediatrics <ul><li>Dealing with parents of terminally ill children is difficult, but you can do a great deal for the families by your approach </li></ul><ul><li>It can be very hard to overcome your own discomfort in the death or disability of a child </li></ul>
  5. 5. Benefits of Pediatrics <ul><li>Most kids get better </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t take yourself too seriously - Get to wear goofy cloths </li></ul><ul><li>Play with kids’ toys </li></ul><ul><li>Play with the kids - this is a must </li></ul><ul><li>Even on your worst day you can play with a kid and make them smile (usually) </li></ul>
  6. 6. How Do You Become a Pediatrician? - Residency <ul><li>Three-year residency training, about 50% in ambulatory settings </li></ul><ul><li>Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics based on written exam </li></ul><ul><li>Subspecialty residency training (fellowships) typically are a minimum of three years </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pediatric Subspecialties <ul><li>Adolescent Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Allergy </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiology </li></ul><ul><li>Child Psychiatry </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Care Pediatrics </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Pediatrics </li></ul><ul><li>Endocrinology </li></ul><ul><li>Gastroenterology </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics </li></ul><ul><li>Hematology/Oncology </li></ul><ul><li>Immunology </li></ul><ul><li>Infectious Diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Nephrology </li></ul><ul><li>Neurology </li></ul><ul><li>Pulmonology </li></ul><ul><li>Rheumatology </li></ul>
  8. 8. Pediatric Practice Career Paths <ul><li>General Pediatrics </li></ul><ul><li>Subspecialty Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Private Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health Related Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Child Advocacy </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why Choose Pediatrics? <ul><li>Great impact on children’s lives </li></ul><ul><li>The mundane parts of general pediatric practice (care) have more health benefit than any other health care activity other than public health measures such as clean water and sewage treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Immunizations, SIDS reduction (sleep position counseling), injury prevention education </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why Choose Pediatrics?
  11. 11. Your Career Path
  12. 12. Distribution of Pediatricians J Pediatrics 2004;144:723-8
  13. 13. Pediatric Workforce Projection 2001-2020 J Pediatrics 2003;143:507-5
  14. 14. Pediatrician Demographics and Practice Characteristics Compiled by the AAP Division of Graduate Medical Education and Pediatric Workforce and the AAP Division of Health Policy Research for the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce, Subcommittee on Women in Pediatrics
  15. 15. Gender: All Physicians by Percentage 75.4% 24.6% Adapted from AMA, Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US. 2003-2004 Edition.
  16. 16. Gender: Pediatricians by Percentage 50.4% 49.6% Adapted from AMA, Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US. 2003-2004 Edition.
  17. 17. Gender: Pediatricians Adapted from AMA, Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US. 2003-2004 Edition.
  18. 18. Age and Gender: Pediatricians Adapted from AMA, Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US. 2003-2004 Edition.
  19. 19. General Pediatrics Certified Practitioners by Age ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  20. 21. 2004 ABP Examination General and Subspecialty by Gender ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  21. 25. Pediatric Career Plans ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  22. 26. Pediatric Career Plans by Gender ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  23. 27. Pediatric Subspecialists in Training ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  24. 28. Pediatric Subspecialists in Training by Gender ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  25. 29. General Pediatrics Examination Subspecialty by Gender (2004) ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  26. 30. Pediatric Subspecialists in Training by Gender ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  27. 31. Pediatric Career Placement Completing Residency ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  28. 32. Pediatric Career Placement Completing Residency by Gender ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  29. 35. Pediatric Employment Setting ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  30. 36. Employment Setting by Gender ABP Workforce Data 2004-2005
  31. 45. Data Sources AMA, Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US. 2003-2004 Edition American Academy of Pediatrics, Division of Health Policy Research: Periodic Survey of Fellows #43, 2000 Periodic Survey of Fellows #47-50, 2001 American Board of Pediatrics Workforce Data 2004-2005 (www.abp.org) (www.aap.org)

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