Child Neurology Applicants Place Increasing Emphasis on Quality of Life Factors.

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BACKGROUND:Medical education, residency training, and the structure of child neurology residency training programs are evolving. We sought to evaluate how training program selection priorities of child neurology residency applicants have changed over time. METHODS:An electronic survey was sent to child neurology residents and practicing child neurologists via the Professors of Child Neurology distribution list in the summer of 2018. It was requested that the survey be disseminated to current trainees and alumni of the programs. The survey consisted of seven questions assessing basic demographics and a list of factors applicants consider when choosing a residency. RESULTS:There were 284 responses with a higher representation of individuals matriculating into residency in the last decade. More recent medical school graduates had a lower probability of considering curriculum as an important factor for residency selection (odds ratio [OR], 0.746; 95% confidence interval [95% CI], 0.568 to 0.98; P = 0.035) and higher priority placed on interaction with current residents over the course of the interview day (OR, 2.207; 95% CI, 1.486 to 3.278; P < 0.0001), sense of resident happiness and well-being (OR, 2.176; 95% CI, 1.494 to 3.169; P < 0.0001), and perception of city or geography of the residency program (OR, 1.710; 95% CI, 1.272 to 2.298; P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS:Over time, child neurology residency applicants are putting more emphasis on quality of life factors over curriculum. To accommodate these changes, child neurology residency programs should prioritize interactions with residents during the interview process and resident wellness initiatives throughout residency training.





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Dixon, Sarah M, Michael M Binkley, Sidney M Gospe and Réjean M Guerriero (2020). Child Neurology Applicants Place Increasing Emphasis on Quality of Life Factors. Pediatric neurology, 114. pp. 42–46. 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2020.09.012 Retrieved from

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Sidney M. Gospe

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Gospe held the Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Endowed Chair of Child Neurology at the University of Washington and directed the Division of Neurology at Seattle Children's Hospital from 2000-2017.  He joined the Duke faculty as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in 2017.  Dr. Gospe's research focuses on the natural history, genetics and management of pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy.

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