Objective: To list professional activities of dual boarded combined internal medicine-pediatrics (med-peds) program directors.
Methods: A national survey of all med-peds program directors conducted electronically in 2009.
Results: Of the 74 dual boarded combined med-peds program directors, 72 (97 percent) completed the survey. The most common academic titles held in both departments were assistant professor (61 percent, n = 44) and associate professor (25 percent, n=18). Only one (1 percent) director did not have an academic title in either internal medicine or pediatrics departments. There were 16 program directors (22 percent) that were additionally assistant or associate program director in categorical internal medicine residency programs and eight program directors (11 percent) that were additionally either assistant or associate program director in categorical pediatric residency programs. Twelve program directors (17 percent) were also head of their med-peds section. There were 31 (43 percent) dual fellows of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Twenty-five separate program directors (35 percent) participated in specific ACP and/or AAP activities.
Conclusion: Med-Peds program directors hold dual academic titles, are involved in categorical internal medicine and pediatrics residency programs, and are involved in traditional pediatric and internal medicine professional societies. More detail about the academic promotion process and specific activity types of med-peds program directors should be further explored. WHAT'S NEW: This is the first article listing dual boarded med-peds program directors' academic titles and activities since combined residency programs became accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education in 2006-2007.