Directors of pediatric residency programs in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada were surveyed regarding plans of graduating residents to determine whether new pediatricians experienced problems finding employment in light of a decreasing growth rate in the child population. Nearly 90% of directors responded, providing information on 1915 residents. Of the 1782 nonmilitary residents in the United States, 815 were entering general pediatric practice and one third (596) were entering subspecialty training. Nearly one half (379) of residents entering general pediatric practice were joining a small group practice, almost one fourth (184) were joining a larger group, 6% (48) were becoming solo practitioners, 7% (57) were joining a health maintenance organization, and nearly 8% (62) were joining a hospital or academic staff. Most residents in the United States experienced no difficulty finding a position and received multiple offers for jobs. Canadian residents were similar to residents in the United States, whereas the postresidency situations of graduates of military and Puerto Rican programs were very different. Despite manpower predictions to the contrary, comments by program directors indicated a demand for general pediatricians. This paper presents only the viewpoint of program directors; whether this perceived need illustrates an avid market for young general pediatricians merits further study.
- Received January 9, 1991.
- Accepted February 25, 1991.
- Copyright © 1991 by the American Academy of Pediatrics