2283. A Profile of The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Workforce in 2015
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Teaching the Future: Education in Infectious Diseases
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Room: Poster Hall

The Section on Infectious Diseases in collaboration with AAP and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society sought to describe the current pediatric infectious diseases (PID) workforce.


We launched a web-based survey in 2015 to define demographics, practice patterns and job satisfaction among PID board eligible and certified pediatricians.


Of 946 respondents (48% response rate), 50% were male with average age of 51 (range 29-88) years. 63% were employed by an academic center/hospital and 85% provided direct patient care. Other duties included administration (66%), teaching (69%), clinical research (47%) and basic science research (14%).

Overall, 70% of respondents would “definitely” or “probably” choose PID again. Rewarding aspects included intellectual stimulation and teaching opportunities. Perceived challenges facing PID included lack of jobs (26%), need for salary justification (21%) and research funding (16%).

Non-reimbursed activities were thought to negatively impact productivity among 55% respondents. 31% and 24% felt very or extremely pressured to increase their non-clinical and clinical workload respectively. 36% respondents perceived time spent per patient had increased. 41% reported growing competition and 20% modified their practice by increasing office hours (50%), physician hiring (31%) and decreased research/administrative activities (17%). 35% respondents perceived a change in volume or complexity of referrals. Changes were attributed to increased incidence or severity of illness in the community (60%) and decreased likelihood for pediatricians to treat complex patients (56%).

20% of respondents did not work in PID due to preference for another opportunity (46%), geographic location (23%), work-life balance (17%), compensation (14%) or retirement (13%). Current scope of work included general pediatrics (28%), government position (20%) and hospitalist (13%). 68% were not planning to return to PID.


The majority of respondents reported job satisfaction as measured by those who would specialize in PID again. 20-40% of respondents perceived pressure to increase or modify their practice. Although a minority, desire of specific geographic location, better compensation and work-life balance constraints are reasons some do not work in PID after training.

Vini Vijayan, MD1, Sylvia H. Yeh, MD2, Andrea Hahn, MD3, Suzanne Kirkwood, MS4, Terri Christene Phillips, MSA5, Holly Ruch-Ross, ScD4 and Christopher Harrison, M.D., FAAP, FPIDS6, (1)Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, (2)Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, (3)Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, (4)The American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL, (5)Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Arlington, VA, (6)Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO


V. Vijayan, None

S. H. Yeh, None

A. Hahn, None

S. Kirkwood, None

T. C. Phillips, None

H. Ruch-Ross, None

C. Harrison, None

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