Objectives: The American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine's Subcommittee on Administration developed a survey tool targeting recent pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) fellowship graduates to assess the current PEM job market in a variety of areas including (1) the new positions accepted, (2) perspectives of fellowship training, and (3) the relationship between PEM and general emergency medicine practice.
Methods: The 40-question internet-based survey was developed through www.surveymonkey.com. Solicitations to PEM fellowship graduates who completed training between the years 2000 and 2005 were sent via the Section of Emergency Medicine member e-mail list as well as the PEM LISTSERV. Data collection occurred from April to May 2005.
Results: Of 125 survey respondents, 89% completed a 3-year pediatrics residency plus a 3-year PEM fellowship. Offers to graduates of positions with research expectations outnumbered clinical positions, 3:2, with an average of 5 total positions offered per respondent. Thirty-four percent remained at the institution of fellowship graduation, and 71% accepted faculty appointments with medical school affiliation. Seventy percent of work time was spent on clinical duties and 10% on research. Most felt better prepared in the areas of clinical training and teaching than in the areas of research and administration. Additional general emergency medicine exposure was not desired. Half of the respondents felt that a 2-year fellowship program would have met their career goals.
Conclusions: Recent PEM fellowship graduates felt that job availability was good and were satisfied with their new positions. Respondents perceived better fellowship training in clinical and teaching aspects than in research and administration. New positions were heavily clinical and matched career goals.