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Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Feb;79:21-27. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2017.10.021. Epub 2017 Nov 6.

Child Neurology Residency Program Directors and Program Coordinators 2016 Workforce Survey.

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Division of Neurology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Electronic address:
Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
Department of Neurology, UT Austin Dell Medical School, Austin, Texas.
Division of Neurology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.



Responsibilities of Program Directors' (PDs) and Program Coordinators' (PCs) roles continue to evolve within Graduate Medical Education (GME).


In 2016, the authors conducted an anonymous electronic survey of Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities PDs (n = 76) and PCs (n = 68) to address workforce characteristics, challenges related to implementing Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements, and institutional support. Responses were characterized with descriptive statistics.


Response rate was 72% (46 of 76 PDs, 57 of 68 PCs). PD median clinical workloads were five half-day clinics weekly plus three months as hospital attending yearly. Most PDs (61%) reported having less, and many (43%) believed requirements were less, protected time than the ACGME requires. Most PCs have clerical titles (58%), no designated GME career path (79%), inaccurate job descriptions (86%), little to no formal GME training (61%), work-hours exceeding those scheduled (68%), and time allocation below ACGME recommendations (69%). More than half (54%) of hourly PCs reported responding to communications after hours, with nearly all (92%) unpaid for such work. Shared PD-PC concerns include faculty completion of resident evaluations (80%), inadequate protected time (71%), and low PC salary (70%). For both PDs and PCs, median time in the job was four years.


Child neurology and neurodevelopmental disability residency PDs and PCs report problems that likely increase turnover and interfere with training. The ACGME should consider revising, formalizing, and disseminating requirements for protected time for PDs and PCs, based on realistic assessments of current administrative requirements, and monitoring compliance as part of program evaluations.


child; graduate medical education; neurology; residency

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