August 1992

National Trends in Pediatric Resident Recruitment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of General Pediatrics, Phoenix (Ariz) Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(8):979-982. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160200101038

• Primary care residency programs throughout the nation are having increasing difficulty recruiting sufficient residents. Only 65% of pediatric residency positions are filled with medical graduates from the United States. We sent a questionnaire to pediatric residency program directors throughout the country to assess what changes pediatric programs had implemented in response to matching concerns. Forty-one percent had recruited non—house officer professionals to perform resident-type work. Such professionals included osteopathic and/or foreign-trained physicians (55%) and moonlighters (49%). House staff work hours had been reduced in 35% of programs and on-call frequency in 33%. Sixty-one percent had made significant changes in their recruiting practices in the past 5 years that are described herein. Annual recruiting budgets varied from nothing to over $75 000. This survey reveals widespread reduction in resident work load and increased intensity in the recruiting process throughout the country.

(AJDC. 1992;146:979-982)