In national medical surveys of physician satisfaction and overall career happiness, pediatricians tend to be one of the happiest and most satisfied of all medical specialties. But what happens inside the pediatrics bubble where there are general practicing pediatricians and specialists over time? Are there differences in career satisfaction as well as work-life balance as pediatricians complete their residency and/or fellowship training and go into their chosen aspects of our specialty?
Byrne et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3973) offer us some insight into the early careers of pediatricians by sharing the results of a national survey of more than 800 pediatricians 8-10 years out from residency who were asked about their work environment, balance, and overall satisfaction with that which they were doing professionally and personally with their lives. Just this description of what this article contains should drive anyone in training or post-training (even years out of training) to read the extensive collection of data shared in this article and then think whether you agree or disagree with the findings relative to your own professional life.
If you are thinking about Pediatrics as a career choice, you will be reassured that life and career satisfaction is good, no matter which career trajectory you choose—but there are also differences between those who do and do not fellowship train. Link to this study being released this week and learn more!
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