Pediatrician workforce statement

Michael R. Anderson, Aaron L. Friedman, David C. Goodman, Beth A. Pletcher, Scott A. Shipman, Richard P. Shugerman, Rachel Wallace Tellez

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This statement discusses the importance of pediatrician-workforce issues and their relevance to the provision of pediatric health care. It reviews previous work in the health policy arena on physician and pediatrician workforce. Key pediatrician-workforce trends are described, including the growth in the number of pediatricians in relation to the child population, the increase in the number of female pediatricians, the role of international medical graduates, the diversity of the pediatrician workforce, the contributions of internal medicine-pediatrics physicians, the increasing number of nonpediatrician providers of pediatric care, geographic distribution of physicians, and the future of pediatric subspecialists. Methods of influencing the pediatrician workforce are also considered. In the concluding series of recommendations, the statement identifies both overarching policy goals for the pediatrician workforce and implementation strategies designed to ensure that all of America's infants, children, adolescents, and young adults have access to appropriate pediatric health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Diversity
  • Female pediatricians
  • Geographic distribution
  • Internal medicine-pediatrics
  • International medical graduates
  • Pediatric subspecialists
  • Pediatrician workforce
  • Title VII


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