More pediatricians work part time than physicians in any other specialty, and this trend likely will continue. These are recent findings from an AAP Periodic Survey, the AAP Third Year Resident Survey and the AMA Patient Care Physician Survey that were reported in the June Pediatrics (

Cull WL, et al.
) and at the 2002 meeting of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy.

Currently, 15% of practicing pediatricians define their position as part time, an increase from 11% in 1993.

Perhaps more telling for the future of part-time employment in pediatrics is the sizable interest in part-time work reported by graduating pediatric residents. More than half of female residents (58%) and 15% of male residents reported an interest in arranging a part-time position within five years from residency completion. The strong association of gender and part-time employment further...

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