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Division of Workforce and Medical Education Policy

​​​​​​The Division of Workforce and Medical Education Policy guides the Academy in the advocacy and development of public policy related to the health care workforce and the education of physicians. The Division collaborates with federal agencies, regulatory authorities, and other health care organizations engaged in policy development to address the following topics: medical education funding, the regulation of the physician workforce through federal legislation and appropriations, the scope of practice of non-physicians, the diversity of the physician and patient populations, physician retirement patterns, and physician reentry into practice. ​

The Division also staffs the Committee on Pediatric Workforce (COPW), which formulates AAP workforce policy, and the Committee on Pediatric Education (COPE), which serves as a think tank of content experts on educational issues from medical school through continuing medical education. Descriptions of other Division-led initiatives can be found below. 

The AAP Workforce Survey of Medical Subspecialty and Surgical Specialty Sections and Councils (a.k.a. The Survey of Sections)
Twenty sections​ have been surveyed since 2012. Each survey consists of identical core questions, to allow for comparative analysis. Every participating section also develops additional questions pertaining to workforce topics of interest to them. Survey topics include frequent diagnoses, training issues, patient wait times for appointments, source of referrals, competition, and many others. Phase One of this workforce survey project has been completed and many sections are using the data to develop articles, posters, and presentations. Phase Two will begin in mid-2017.  ​

AAP Testifies at the ACGME Congress
The AAP was invited to provide testimony at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Congress on the Resident earning and Working Environment, held in Chicago on March 16-17, 2016.  "The purpose of this Congress, the ACGME stated, is for the members of the Common Program Requirements Phase 1 Task Force to hear, first hand, from leaders of American Medicine their perspectives on this dimension of resident education, and have the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with these leaders. We believe that this Congress will inform our discussions and deliberations as a Task Force, and enhance the quality and relevance of our work."  Click here​ to read the AAP testimony. 

Match Day 2016
On March 18​, 2016, medical school graduates were matched to their residence programs through the National Resident Matching Program. View the results​​ outlining how Pediatrics performed in March.  

Demographics of Women in Medicine

This chart provides current and comparative d​ate for women physicians and women pediatricians.

Physician Reentry into the Workforce
Many physicians, particularly women, leave practice and then wish to reenter the physician workforce after an extended period of time away from clinical medicine. The reasons range from childbearing and caring for elderly relatives to taking a position in administration or management. When a physician wishes to return to practice, what kind of retraining is needed? How is the person's clinical competence evaluated? What role in the workforce should the individual pursue? How should licensure and credentialing issues be addressed? The Academy, in collaboration with 20 other medical organizations, is exploring these and many other important questions. To learn more, visit the Physician Reentry Web site.

Division Staff:

Holly J. Mulvey, MA
Division of Workforce and Medical Education Policy
(847) 434-7915

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