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Most Young Pediatricians Satisfied With First Jobs

Most engaged in clinical care; report that allocation of time for specific duties is consistent with goals

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For pediatricians, most first jobs meet career goals and desired responsibilities, according to a study published online March 23 in Pediatrics.

Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues surveyed all 5,210 general pediatricians taking the 2012 General Pediatrics Certifying Examination. The authors sought to examine the interface of desired professional activities with actual initial positions. The survey was completed by 5,163 pediatricians.

The researchers found that 45 percent of respondents self-identified as general pediatricians. Eighty-seven percent of those who completed training less than two years earlier were currently engaged in clinical care. The most important factor in the choice of their first job was lifestyle and spousal or family considerations, which was cited most frequently by both men and women. Eighty-three percent reported that the allocation of time for specific duties in their current job was in accordance with their goals, with similar results seen for men and women. Most respondents reported no desire for inpatient activity.

“Despite concerns about young general pediatricians being able to find positions that meet their career goals, most were in jobs that approximated their desired allocation of professional time and focus of clinical work,” the authors write.

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