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February 17, 1999

Pediatric Surgery

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(7):611. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-7-jbk0217

In Reply: We agree with Dr Sunshine that timing is a critical factor in conducting research on physician employment. The percentage of recent graduates who are unemployed or underemployed will, of course, continue to diminish with time following the completion of their training. In fact, in another study, we found that, after 2 years in the workforce, only a small percentage of physicians were unemployed, and most were previously employed; however, more than 18% were not satisfied with their current positions. Nevertheless, the number of individuals completing residencies without finding suitable practice locations within a short time is a new phenomenon and one that requires continued surveillance.

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