Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In the study of Dr Cooper and
colleagues,1 only 3 of 70 deans and 2 of
44 executives considered child psychiatry to be a shortage area requiring
attention. This is surprising, as child psychiatry as a specialty has frequently
been reported as a major shortage area.2,3 The
apparent lack of concern among the respondents in the study of Cooper et al
provides a clue as to why this specialty has traditionally received such poor
assistance and support.
Petti TA. Perceptions of Physician Shortages. JAMA. 2004;291(14):1695-1696. doi:10.1001/jama.291.14.1696-a