Tracking the careers of academic general pediatric fellowship program graduates: academic productivity and leadership roles

Acad Pediatr. May-Jun 2011;11(3):216-23. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2011.02.005.


Objective: Little is known about the careers of graduates of academic general pediatric (AGP) fellowship programs. We evaluated the careers of 2 cohorts of AGP fellowship graduates: an early cohort trained during 1978 to 1988, and a later cohort trained during 1989 to 1999.

Methods: We surveyed all known AGP fellowship graduates in both cohorts by using a confidential mailed survey. We assessed graduates' current professional work and analyzed curricula vitae for principal investigator (PI) grants; first-authored, peer-reviewed publications; and leadership positions.

Results: From the early cohort, 95 of 131 eligible graduates (73%) responded; from the later cohort, 93 of 133 (70%) responded. Two thirds of each cohort remain in academics; of these, nearly half are on tenure tracks and over half have major educational roles within their university. The percentage in the early cohort who have been PI on a research grant by 5, 10, and 15 years postfellowship was 44%, 53%, and 54%, respectively; in the later cohort, it was 62%, 75%, and 75%, respectively (P = .004 vs early cohort). During the 10 years postfellowship, the early and later cohorts averaged 5.5 and 7.4 first-authored, peer-reviewed papers, respectively (P = .4). By 10 years, a high proportion of both cohorts had become division chief (19% vs 16%), had other academic leadership positions (43% vs 59%), or were leaders in professional organizations (20% vs 30%; all P = NS).

Conclusions: Graduates of AGP fellowship programs have achieved considerable academic success. Recently trained fellows appear even more successful. The academic outcomes of these AGP fellows bode well for the future of AGP.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administrative Personnel / statistics & numerical data
  • Adult
  • Authorship
  • Career Choice
  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Faculty, Medical / statistics & numerical data
  • Fellowships and Scholarships*
  • Humans
  • Job Description
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Leadership
  • Patient Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Pediatrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Physicians / organization & administration
  • Physicians / statistics & numerical data
  • Research / statistics & numerical data