Evaluation of a Mentoring Program for New Pediatric Department Chairs

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine



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Health and Medical Administration | Medical Education | Pediatrics


In 2007 the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) became concerned about the high turnover rate of pediatric department chairs (PDC). In a study of 123 departments, there was a mean annual turnover rate of 17%,1 and the rate was particularly high among new and female PDC. A later study showed that there were very high rates of dissatisfaction and high “burnout” scores among PDC.2 To address this concern, AMSPDC developed a New Chair's Committee charged with developing a formal mentoring program specifically for new PDC.

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Citation: J Pediatr. 2015 Oct;167(4):787-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.06.069. Link to article on publisher's site

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