Title

Reflections on why pediatrics does not have a primary care physician shortage at present

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Pediatrics

Date

4-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Fellowships and Scholarships; Humans; Interprofessional Relations; Pediatrics; Physicians; Primary Health Care; Specialization

Disciplines

Pediatrics

Abstract

I propose several reasons to explain why pediatrics is not experiencing the same primary care crisis as internal medicine: (1) most pediatricians (generalists and subspecialists) share a common philosophy concerning child health care; (2) generally, the medical problems of children are not the result of poor life choices; (3) pay scales for general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists are not as disparate as they are in internal medicine; (4) child-focused physicians in other disciplines besides pediatrics (eg, pediatric surgery, pediatric radiology, etc), are often closer to pediatric colleagues than they are to colleagues in their own fields who treat adults; and (5) usually, pediatric subspecialists treat general pediatricians as respected peers. Although there are exceptions to these statements, I suspect that these five factors are common scenarios in our field.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Pediatr. 2011 Apr;158(4):523-4. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

21402196