November 8, 2014
Short Title: Autoinflammatory diseases and syndromes in dermatology. Preface
Alternate Journal: Dermatologic clinics
ISSN: 1558-0520 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 23827254
Keywords: Hereditary Autoinflammatory Diseases/*diagnosis
Notes: Abramovits, William
Dermatol Clin. 2013 Jul;31(3):xi. doi: 10.1016/j.det.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 Jun 14.
Author Address: Department of Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center and Texas A&M Medical School at Dallas, 3500 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, TX 75246, USA. drA@dermcenter.us
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 4275Author: Admani, S., Caufield, M., Kim, S. S., Siegfried, E. C. and Friedlander, S. F.
Title: Understanding the pediatric dermatology workforce shortage: mentoring matters
Journal: J Pediatr
Pages: 372-5 e1
Short Title: Understanding the pediatric dermatology workforce shortage: mentoring matters
Alternate Journal: The Journal of pediatrics
ISSN: 1097-6833 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 24238859
Keywords: *Career Choice
*Internship and Residency
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To target pediatric dermatologists directly in order to evaluate their current demographics and the most important motivating factors that influenced their career choice. Pediatric dermatology is one of the pediatric subspecialties with an inadequate supply to meet current patient needs. STUDY DESIGN: A survey was designed to evaluate the training pathway, employment status, participation in teaching, and clinical practice characteristics of pediatric dermatologists. The survey was administered to attendants of the 2010 Society for Pediatric Dermatology annual meeting. Any remaining board certified pediatric dermatologists who had not previously responded were queried via Survey Monkey. RESULTS: There was a 71% response rate. The majority chose a career in pediatric dermatology early, often prior to starting a dermatology residency. The vast majority of respondents noted mentorship as the most important influence on their decision to pursue a career in pediatric dermatology. The most common obstacles cited by respondents were financial hardship and resistance of some dermatology programs to accept applicants previously trained in pediatrics. CONCLUSIONS: Our survey provides evidence to support the importance of early exposure to the field and, most importantly, to committed pediatric dermatologists who can serve as mentors. This information may be helpful in approaching solutions to the workforce shortage in the field of pediatric dermatology.