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December 1987

The Pediatric Residency Program of the Future: IV. Pediatrics as a Career Choice for New Physicians

Author Affiliations

Children's Health Center St Joseph's Hospital 350 W Thomas Rd Phoenix, AZ 85013

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(12):1257-1258. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120019021

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How would a pediatrician in practice today advise a student in medical school about pediatrics as a career choice? Despite all of the economic and legal roadblocks the profession faces, the consensus among the conference participants was that pediatrics remains a vital specialty and a positive career choice. Having the opportunity to be a consultant for children is probably the best reward, they concluded, and an experience that is frequently described as "joyful." Below are the summary statements from the four guest speakers.

Joseph Garfunkel, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: One of the first things that faculty in pediatric residency training programs should do when interviewing a physician interested in going into pediatrics is to determine whether that person is entering pediatrics with an open mind. Not only are the financial rewards less in pediatrics, but the patterns of practice are changing. New physicians must be prepared to

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