Men and Women in Peds Gender and Generational Influences on the Pediatric Workforce and Practice. Spector N et al. Pediatrics. 2014;133(6): 1112-1121. Reviewed by Angie Thompson-Busch
What was the study question?
What are the demographic trends of male and female pediatricians?
How was the study done?
The Federation of Pediatric Organization (FOPO) tasked a working group (the Gender and Generations working group) with studying the demographic trends and social media utilization of male and female pediatricians. They use data from previous research of pediatricians, residents, medical students and patients.
What were the results?
What are the implications?
The increasing proportion of women and younger generations in the pediatric workforce (who may prefer to work less hours than older generation and men) may lead to less pediatric research and a shortage of overall pediatricians. The future workforce may need to be flexible with regard to work hours and roles.
Editor’s note: That fewer women are entering research is notable. Is this partially based on how we teach, or model, research during their training? Do we need to more overtly encourage women to pursue research careers?
A Canadian study found that, over their entire careers, women actually put in as much or more hours of practicing medicine than men – in contrast to men, women increased their clinical work late in their career (perhaps after their children were older) while men decreased their clinical work as their careers progressed (SLB).