An increasing consumer demand for specialty care and a growing number of available jobs indicate abundant pediatric subspecialty career opportunities.

According to the Future of Pediatric Education (FOPE) II report, the total number of physicians in the United States increased between 1975 and 1997. The increase in pediatric subspecialists was modest, however, with no more than four certified pediatric subspecialists per 100,000 people (


In 1995, the American Board of Pediatrics began tracking subspecialty training and discovered that the number of pediatricians entering fellowships remained steady until 1998, and then decreased, according to the FOPE II report.

But Charles Spencer, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Section on Rheumatology, says a misperception about a lack of jobs is changing and the pendulum is swinging back.

“Consumers drive the marketplace,” Dr. Spencer said. “If you’re a parent of a child with a...

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