TABLE 3

Job Search Experiences for Residents Accepting a General Pediatric Practice or Hospitalist Position by Survey Year

2003200420052006200720082009
Residents with a general pediatric position, n10511087216204201179
 Moderate–considerable job search difficulty, %a3323221816921
 No. of job applications submitted, mean (SD)a11 (17)13 (20)7 (11)8 (12)7 (10)7 (12)6 (10)
 Spouse or partner’s career plans or family situation limited selection of positions, %a,b78696258665363
 Accepted a position in the same state where residency program was located, %60556561566153
 Accepted position in rural area (population <2500) or small town (population 2500–49 999), %27292225292032
 Accepted a PT or reduced-hours position, %18261922181319
Residents with a hospitalist position, n22231850535764
 Moderate–considerable job search difficulty, %a43261828231120
 No. of job applications submitted, mean (SD)7 (11)5 (8)5 (5)7 (10)7 (10)3 (3)6 (13)
 Spouse or partner’s career plans or family situation limited selection of positions, %a,b77947367775659
 Accepted a position in the same state where residency program was located, %a77836964756759
 Accepted position in rural area (population <2500) or small town (population 2500–49 999), %10001110113
 Accepted a PT or reduced-hours position, %a183329281898
  • Graduating residents accepting chief resident and fellowship trainee positions have different job search experiences and are not included in the table; 360 residents (11%) accepted a chief resident position and 992 (32%) accepted a pediatric fellowship trainee position.

  • a P ≤ .05 (represents linear trend across survey years).

  • b Based only on responses from residents reporting that they are married or living with a partner.