Pediatricians launching their careers today are key to the future of pediatrics. The
Academy is preparing to recruit a new cohort of young pediatricians for the Pediatrician
Life and Career Experience Study (PLACES).
Started in 2012, PLACES is an ongoing longitudinal study to get accurate and current
information on the experiences and opinions of early and mid-career pediatricians.
Participants give annual updates on core issues related to career choice and satisfaction,
work-life balance, work environment, daily stressors, life changes and emerging issues
Their input on emerging issues has been particularly valuable to the Academy. Key
issues have included Maintenance of Certification, responsibilities at home, staying
current on new medical information and administrative tasks.
The commitment among pediatricians participating in PLACES has been strong, with eight
in 10 completing the survey each year.
“PLACES has been a wonderful opportunity for me to be more cognizant of and thoughtful
about the variety of challenges and rewards at different stages of my career,” said
one participant. “It helped me to recognize when I needed a change in my career path
and for that I am grateful.”
Data collected in 2017 from pediatricians who graduated from residency six to eight
years ago show they are busy managing their careers and families (see figure).
Four in 10 are in general pediatrics, 38% in subspecialty care, 13% in hospitalist
care and 4% in nonclinical work.
Nearly a quarter (22%) are working part time.
Among those working full time, almost half are earning $200,000 or more a year.
They are juggling both work and family. Nine in 10 are married/partnered, 81% have
children and 71% are in two-parent working families.
Overall, they express high levels of satisfaction with their jobs and careers.
“PLACES has put the voice of early and mid-career pediatricians at the table when
we develop plans for the future,” said AAP President Colleen A. Kraft, M.D., M.B.A.,
FAAP. “We are very grateful for the participation of current PLACES participants and
excited that we will be recruiting a third cohort into the project. PLACES has shown
us the future of pediatrics is in excellent hands.”
The current cohort of pediatricians in PLACES graduated from pediatric residency in
2009-’11 (average age 38 years) or 2002-’04 (average age 45 years). The cohort to
be recruited in 2019 will have graduated in 2016-’18, so the AAP is assured of continuing
to gather the perspective of pediatricians at the start of their career.