[IPm] Survey for residents if you would read and forward as appropriate
Hello members of the IP medical professionals mail list.
One the market researchers that has worked with us in the past sent
me this note about Career Preferences Medical Resident Survey. If it
is appropriate for your organization, please forward.
We wanted to send you an update on our Career Preferences Medical
Resident Survey - we4re six days in and it's going very well! Thank
you to everyone who has had time to help - as of Sunday afternoon,
151 people have responded, with an incredible response from many of
you - huge thanks in particular to Drs. Skyler, Kaufman, Edelman,
and Hirsch. Hospitals you're associated with have given us 113
responses, or nearly 80% of the total. In addition to UCSD,
University of Florida, University of Miami, LA Children's, and St.
Louis U, we've also had several responses from Santa Barbara (thank
you Drs. Jovanovic and Zisser!), UTSW, Dartmouth, Georgetown,
Kaiser, CPMC, and UCSF. We are doing EVERYTHING we can think of but
we still need 250 internal medicine resident and 299 pediatric
responses in order to reach statistical significance. It's a good
start and we so hope you can help us gain momentum early this week.
We are attempting to finish the survey by November 1 so time is of
the essence. If you would be willing and haven't done so already, we
would appreciate it if you could send this message around to senior
colleagues with this introduction: "With the increase in type 1
diabetes of 3 percent per year and the explosion of type 2 in adults
and children over the last decade, we need more doctors interested
in pursuing careers in endocrinology. This survey is meant to find
out from internal medicine and pediatric why they are not interested
- or might be interested - in endocrinology. We will ultimately use
these results to determine ways to enhance the endocrine
workforce." Please note we are not disclosing to participants
anything that might bias them. So the above note is great to send to
anyone who has influence over IM or pediatric residents and if you
could please urge them to send the paragraph below (NOT the one
above - that is for explanation only) that would be great. If you
are writing directly to a chief resident who could send out the
offer or an IM or pediatric resident themselves please send out only
the one below (and if you think there is any concern that they'll
spill the beans, please just send the note below).
"This is a survey examining internal medicine and pediatric medical
resident career decisions; it is short and there is a small
Thank you! Here is the link: www.closeconcerns.com/residentsurvey"
We still need plenty of help: now that we're 20% of the way to our
goal (750 responses), we can see that your influence is what is
driving responses. When asked how they heard about the survey,
virtually 100% said they received the survey by email from their
program director or chief resident, and we know you got the survey
into their hands! If you know anyone that could get to a program
director or chief resident for internal medicine or pediatric
programs, please help!
The other person we would LOVE to get to is anyone at the American
Medical Association or the American College of Physicians - we have
no contacts there and we know they could help. Do you know anyone
there or anyone that could help find someone there who would help
us send a note to all IM or all pediatric residents? The early
survey responses have been fascinating thus far. These are early
(n=151) impressions but we wanted to share with you a little what we
are hearing. The background on the 151 -- >Seventy percent of
respondents are in internal medicine, 30% in pediatrics, and nearly
75% are in their first or second year of residency. 40% have had
extensive experience with patients with diabetes and less than 20%
have had only little experience or none. 7 A high percentage
(nearly 40%) have said they have seriously considered a career in
endocrinology. This is roughly the same percentage of residents that
has seriously considered cardiology and critical care, and a bit
higher than the percent that has seriously considered infectious
disease and GI. Substantially more residents appear to be
interested in diabetes than in other areas like nephrology and
Despite high interest, so far, only six out of 151 (4%) of IM/
pediatric residents plan to become endocrinologists (i.e., cited
endocrinology as the sub-specialty that they plan to practice).
When asked in an open-ended question about reasons that might
explain the relative shortage of endocrinologists, poor patient
adherence and financial compensation have arisen frequently. Early
response suggests that lifestyle is a major driver of career choice:
ironically for you all, endocrinology is scoring well above average
on that front.
While the analysis is still too preliminary to say if our hypothesis
about not enough people wanting to go into endocrinology has merit,
the early data is pointing to a general lack of enthusiasm for
pursuing endocrinology. We would very much like to contribute to the
data in this area and suggest some answers, but we need about 600
more residents to respond. If you don't know any program directors
or chief residents, we would SO appreciate if you could think
creatively about who you know who might know them.
PS As of Monday morning we now have 179 respondents! Loyola and St.
John's in Detroit and Tufts are the latest big additions....
Kelly L. Close
T. 415 241 9500
M. 415 518 5336
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