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Pediatr Res. 2019 Nov 30. doi: 10.1038/s41390-019-0703-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Engagement in research among pediatric subspecialists at the time of enrollment in maintenance of certification, 2009-2016.

Author information

1
Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. mmacy@luriechildrens.org.
2
Division of Emergency Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. mmacy@luriechildrens.org.
3
Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
4
American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
5
Tufts Medical Center/School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA.
6
Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
7
Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Amid concerns about the pediatrician-scientist workforce, we hypothesized that declining numbers of pediatric subspecialists devote at least 25% of their professional time to research with fewer younger and female pediatricians engaged in research over the study period.

METHODS:

Board-certified pediatricians enrolling online in the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP's) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program October 2009 through 2016 were invited to complete a survey with questions about the allocation of their professional time. Responses from individuals in the 14 ABP-certified subspecialties were analyzed. The number and proportions of respondents devoting 25-49% and 50% or more of professional time to research were calculated over time. Age and gender were also examined.

RESULTS:

We analyzed 21,367 responses over 8 years. A small number of pediatric subspecialists engaged in research with 5.2-6.7% devoting 25-49% and 5.6-8.4% at least 50% of their professional time to research across subspecialties. There was no discernable increase or decrease over time or pattern by age or gender.

CONCLUSION:

Less than 10% of pediatric medical subspecialists devote at least 50% of their professional time to research. Efforts to promote research among pediatric subspecialists have not increased the size of the population that reports engaging in research at this level.

PMID:
31785593
DOI:
10.1038/s41390-019-0703-2

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