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Can J Neurol Sci. 2016 May;43(3):402-9. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2015.360. Epub 2016 Jan 20.

Canadian Paediatric Neurology Workforce Survey and Consensus Statement.

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1University of Ottawa,Ottawa,Canada.
2
5University of Calgary,Calgary,Canada.
3
9Dalhousie University,Halifax,Nova Scotia.
4
6University of Edmonton,Edmonton,Alberta,Canada.
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7University of Montreal,Montreal,Quebec,Canada.
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8McGill University,Montreal,Quebec,Canada.
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2Western University,London,Canada.
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10University of British Columbia,Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada.
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3University of Toronto,Toronto,Canada.
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4McMaster University,Hamilton,Ontario,Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Little knowledge exists on the availability of academic and community paediatric neurology positions. This knowledge is crucial for making workforce decisions. Our study aimed to: 1) obtain information regarding the availability of positions for paediatric neurologists in academic centres; 2) survey paediatric neurology trainees regarding their perceptions of employment issues and career plans; 3) survey practicing community paediatric neurologists 4) convene a group of paediatric neurologists to develop consensus regarding how to address these workforce issues.

METHODS:

Surveys addressing workforce issues regarding paediatric neurology in Canada were sent to: 1) all paediatric neurology program directors in Canada (n=9) who then solicited information from division heads and from paediatric neurologists in surrounding areas; 2) paediatric neurology trainees in Canada (n=57) and; 3) community paediatric neurologists (n=27). A meeting was held with relevant stakeholders to develop a consensus on how to approach employment issues.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 100% from program directors, 57.9% from residents and 44% from community paediatric neurologists. We found that the number of projected positions in academic paediatric neurology is fewer than the number of paediatric neurologists that are being trained over the next five to ten years, despite a clinical need for paediatric neurologists. Paediatric neurology residents are concerned about job availability and desire more career counselling.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is a current and projected clinical demand for paediatric neurologists despite a lack of academic positions. Training programs should focus on community neurology as a viable career option.

KEYWORDS:

education; neurology - pediatric

PMID:
26787257
DOI:
10.1017/cjn.2015.360
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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