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The Pediatric Workforce: An Update On General Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties Workforce Data from The American Board of Pediatrics

Authors: 
Althouse LA, Stockman JA
Year: 
2011
Journal: 
The Journal of Pediatrics
Pub Med #: 
Abstract: 

For several decades, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has assimilated workforce data using questionnaires administered in association with its various examinations and through a tracking system that provides an annual update of residents and fellows in training. These data provide critical information regarding trainees and practitioners in pediatrics and the overall workforce landscape. In 2006, The Journal published a series of workforce reports for general pediatrics and the 13 subspecialties for which the ABP currently administered examinations. The first report featured general pediatrics, with each of the next 13 subsequent months highlighting a different pediatric subspecialty.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 This report is a follow-up to this earlier series. However, rather than featuring the separate subspecialties each month, this report combines both general pediatrics and subspecialties.

As noted in the initial report, workforce studies regarding the supply and demand of pediatricians are not new, with numerous studies using sophisticated modeling techniques published within the past decade. However, many of these studies focus on primary care workforce as a whole and do not differentiate pediatrics from the other primary care specialties.15, 16 The intent of this report is to share workforce data accumulated by the ABP, with a focus on where we are today and any trends since the publication of the earlier series. The data presented in this article are a subset of the 2010-2011 workforce data available on the ABP website (www.abp.org). For more comprehensive data, readers are encouraged to visit the ABP website for the full set of workforce information.