By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief
Fortunately the Federation of Pediatric Organizations, made up of seven organizations that together oversee pediatric academic medicine, opted to examine the workforce needs of pediatrics through four working groups—Child health Research and Training, Diversity and Inclusion, Gender and Generations, and Pediatric Training along the Continuum. These four groups identified five mega-trends; one—Aligning education to the emerging needs of children and families; two—promoting future support for research training and child health research; three —striving toward mastery within the profession; four— aligning and optimizing pediatric practice in a changing health care delivery system; and five— taking advantage of the changing demographics and expertise of the pediatric workforce.
The four groups then used these mega-trends to make ten recommendations to insure a strong pediatric future workforce. To learn more about these recommendations that provide the vision, solutions and actions for each mega-trend, then read this special article by Sectish et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3493) and learn more.