The pediatric orthopaedics workforce demands, needs, and resources

J Pediatr Orthop. Oct-Nov 2009;29(7):653-60. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e3181b76906.


The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America Practice Management Committee evaluated current and future pediatric orthopaedic workforce needs. The resulting informational article summarizes its findings and makes recommendations for improvement of our workforce. Whereas policy decisions are often in the hands of the government with its emphasis on access and cost containment, the area that we can control, the quality of our workforce should be our primary effort. Specific recommendations include the prospective collection of accurate workforce data, increasing the interest of residents and students to enter our specialty, assisting members to improve practice efficiencies and assuming leadership in the musculoskeletal education of our primary care colleagues. We expect that by improving our workforce and professional work environment, we can make a difference for our young patients and for the society.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Medicine
  • North America
  • Orthopedics* / education
  • Pediatrics* / education
  • Physicians / supply & distribution*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Workforce