Journal Article

Career Opportunities for Infectious Diseases Subspecialists

Laurel C. Preheim

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 26, issue 2, pages 277-281
Published in print February 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/516310
Career Opportunities for Infectious Diseases Subspecialists

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Few data are available regarding trends in career opportunities for subspecialty physicians. A review of advertisements for infectious diseases physicians in the 1990, 1993, and 1995 issues of the New England Journal of Medicine revealed a significant decline in the number of openings between 1990 and 1995. In each year the number of private practice advertisements exceeded those in all other categories combined, and this ratio increased over time. Both private practice and academic advertisements commonly listed opportunities or requirements for teaching or research. Expertise in internal medicine, rarely mentioned in advertisements for academic infectious diseases physicians, became the most frequently cited private practice subclassification in 1995. Both private practice and academic settings offered numerous positions related to the care of patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection. The demand for expertise in epidemiology, intravenous therapy, travel medicine, transplantation, or sexually transmitted diseases remained low. Most positions were in heavily populated states or geographic areas.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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