The changing demographics of younger physicians have a profound impact on defining future member value. In 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched the Pediatrician Life and Career Experience Study (PLACES). In this unique longitudinal project, the AAP tracks the professional and life experiences of 1,800 pediatricians across their careers, including their career paths, personal life changes, career satisfaction, work-life balance, work environment, and daily stressors. The session will describe PLACES and highlight examples of data used by leadership.
Educational Objectives and/or Takeaways:
- Appreciate how an established research program can benefit an association.
- Understand issues of importance to young members.
- Recognize specific benefits and challenges of a longitudinal study design.
Mary Pat Frintner, MSPH, Senior Research Associate, American Academy of Pediatrics
Mary Pat Frintner, MSPH is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Research, Division of Health Services Research at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has worked at the Academy for almost 20 years and currently directs the AAP Annual Survey of Graduating Residents and the Pediatrician Life and Career Experience Study, or PLACES. Data from these projects, particularly PLACES have been valuable to the AAP agenda because they provide evidence to guide leadership. Ms. Frintner’s primary areas of research have focused on training experiences of residents and career paths, work experiences, wellness, and satisfaction of early career pediatricians.