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Committee on Pediatric Workforce

Message from Committee Chairperson William B. Moskowitz, MD, FAAP

Welcome to the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW) Web page! Through its policy statements and other activities, the COPW seeks to inform policy makers, patients and families, and the medical community at large about the unique role played by the pediatric physician​ workforce (pediatric generalists, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists) in providing health care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

The committee explores topics that affect the pediatric workforce and thus pediatric health care, inc​luding the current and future supply of pediatricians and the demand for pediatric services.  We address issues such as the financing of graduate medical education, changes in practice patterns (including part-time practice), scope of practice, workforce diversity, and the geographic distribution of pediatricians.  The COPW uses its analyses of these issues as a basis for formulating the Academy's workforce policy, as well as for writing AAP responses regarding physician workforce issues to external groups such as federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies.

In addition to the policy statements listed below, COPW members serve as a resource to inform the discussion of policymakers, medical organizations, and other stakeholders in physician workforce issues through initiatives such as the State Pediatrician Workforce Survey, which seeks to increase our understanding of workforce needs at the state level. I encourage you to review the following committee resources, and to check the Committee web page frequently as updates to our work are added.

Best regards,
Bill Moskowitz, MD, FAAP

Committee on Pediatric Workforce Roster

American Academy of Pediatrics

William B. Moskowitz, MD, FAAP
Committee Chairperson
Richmond, VA
​District IV
Edward A. Pont, MD, FAAP
Committee Member
Elmhurst, IL
​District VI
​Eric Horowitz, MD, FAAP
Committee Member

​District I
Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, FAAP
Committee Member

​District IV
Kristin Ray, MD, MS, FAAP 
Commitee Member

​District III
Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH, FAAP
Liaison, American Board of Pediatrics
Boston, MA
​District I
Michelle M. Macias, MD, FAAP
Liaison, Section Forum Management Committee
Charleston, SC
District IV
Nancy Dodson, MD, FAAP
Committee Member

​District II
Thomas W. Pendergrass, MD, MPSH, FAAP
Committee Member
Seattle, WA
​District VIII
Lauren Barone, MPH
Itasca, IL

COPW Policy Statements

Shortage of Pediatric Specialists, Rising Number of Chronically Ill Kids Prompts AAP Call to Revamp Training Funds ​​​​

Pediatrician Workforce Presentation
The COPW has developed this powerpoint presentation to foster a broader understanding of some of the key issues and considerations germane to the pediatrician workforce. If this presentation (or some of the slides therein) are used, attribution must be given to the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce.

The State Pediatrician Workforce Survey
An electronic survey was sent to the members of every U.S. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Survey questions covered a variety of pediatrician workforce topics including (but not limited to): standard demographic questions; allocation of the respondent’s time; changes in practice patterns and work setting(s); and future career plans This will help the AAP and the Committee on Pediatric Workforce have a better grasp of state and regional issues and concerns. The workforce survey was designed to provide AAP Chapters with the insights and information that will help them to effectively advocate, on a variety of topics, on behalf of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Therefore, the COPW sent each Chapter a Feedback Sheet that provided Chapter-specific findings on key topics. These Feedback Sheets are organized by AAP District:​

​District I​​​​​District VI
​District II​District VII
​District IIIDistrict VIII
District IVDistrict IX​
​District V​District X​

Additionaly, the COPW has created a series of national maps that show findings on several key issues from the State Pediatrician Workforce Survey. Data from this survey project was used to create poster presentations for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2016 Annual Health Workforce Research Conference on two key topics: part-time employment​ and retirement plans

The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project

Physician reentry into clinical practice can be defined as returning to professional activity/clinical practice for which one has been trained, certified or licensed after an extended period. This is an issue that cuts across genders and specialties.  The Reentry Project is a collaborative endeavor of organizations and individuals both within and external to pediatrics that examines the diverse issues encompassed under the rubric of "reentry." The Reentry Project develop resources and strategies to assist organizations, as well as individual physicians, who are seeking physician reentry information. 

New Webinar Explains Returning to Practice
The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project has developed a short and free Webinar, “Physician Reentry 101". It is designed to help physicians understand what planning is needed before one leaves clinical practice, and what one needs to do in order to facilitate a return. Also, a new issue Brief, Stepping Away from Your Career?​ provides key points to keep in mind if you are considering stepping away from clinical practice to pursue a non-clinical career.

The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is directed by the Division of Workforce & Medical Education Policy in collaboration with the AAP Committee on Pediatric Workforce.

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