Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Visioning Summit on Future of Workforce in Pediatrics: Five Megatrends and Ten Recommendations

By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief 
COD Newsroom
     No one can argue that the field of pediatrics is changing as new morbidities challenge us and relatively new concepts such as the medical home and inter-professional team-based care take on more and more import. When these new issues are then integrated into a workforce that is undergoing change as well in terms of work-hours, and more desire to do part-time rather than full-time work, is it any wonder that our workforce needs have become less clear and in need of more focus?      
     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; oneAligning 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.

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