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With four generations of pediatricians in practice today (the “Silent Generation”, “Baby Boomers”, “Generation X”, and “Millennials”), one can’t help wonder what it means for changes in the pediatric workforce and how the different generations need to adapt in working with each other as well as patients who are being exposed to all generations of physicians. Throw in changes in gender mix, a move to more part-time versus full-time work to insure better work-life balance, and then add in technology and social media—and you have quite a complex set of workforce issues.
Fortunately Spector et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds. 2013-3016) have tried to tackle these complexities as part of a working group on Gender and Generations that formed one of several working groups for a recent Visioning Summit sponsored by the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO).
If you want to better understand the role of gender on career pathway (e.g. practice versus research) as well as the role of how different generational groups are responding to the use of technology and social media in providing pediatric care to patients, then don’t miss reading this special article which provides some vision and insight into our future.