Author: jaeonabraham

The Pediatric Subspecialist Shortage

We often hear about the shortage of general practitioners when it comes to adult medicine. Our newly minted doctors are foregoing primary care and opting to pursue further fellowship training in preparation for careers as subspecialists following their residency training in internal medicine. Interestingly, pediatrics has the opposite problem. Adult medicine has 36 specialists for every 100,000 patients whereas pediatrics only has 13 specialists for every 100,000 pediatric patients. We have a gross shortage of pediatric subspecialists ready to take care of the complex medical problems which are beyond the scope of practice for the general pediatrician. (more…)