Would you do it all over again?
Pediatric residents over the past decade say yes
Results from of an annual survey of a random sample of graduating pediatric residents from 2003-2007 (by Frintner and Cull in Pediatrics 2012
) show that many graduating pediatric residents had a mentor
providing them with career advice, and this increased over time. Nope, no comment on whether they blogged about their careers or "friended" their mentors!Caring for children, yes. Having them?
Though not a pre-requisite for graduation, almost 1/3 of residents had children upon graduation, and that was unchanged over the years of the survey.Debt?
Those with any
educational debt upon graduation remained high at ~74%. Among those with debt, it was the married residents whose debt was higher.Quality education?
Residents graduated feeling well prepared for caring with children with special health care needs, for using EBM, and for using IT. About 1/2 rated the quality of training in advocacy as excellent/very good. And only about 1 in 5 felt well prepared for research.What to do?
Practicing primary care remained the most common career goal, with a slight decline in interest over the years of the survey (2003-2007), and a slight increase in interest in a subspecialty care practice goal. No change in the about 1 in 10 with a hospitalist future practice goal.Working for a living?
Almost all respondents (note: response rate 61%) had a job when surveyed! (97% in 2009)$$$
For starting mean salaries and more specifics, see this recent Pediatrics article
with results from of an annual survey of a random sample of graduating pediatric residents from 2003-2007 (Frintner MP, Cull WL. Pediatrics. 2012;129-1-7.)
Would you do it (pediatrics residency training) and choose it (a pediatrics career) all over again? I would!