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Med-Peds as a researcher?

I am interested in med-peds but I also want to do research. I have read that med-peds physicians usually choose one specialty over the other in their practice, and that those who do both are usually hospitalists. Can anyone talk about med-peds physicians being researchers while practicing both specialties? Obviously, more time would be spent on research but is it doable? Can hospitalists be committed to research?

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Katherine’s Answer

Hello Janel:

I chose Med/Peds because of the variety of options available if I should choose to work outside of primary care.

With Med/Peds, I have worked as a hospitalists and critical care. Then I transitioned to work solely emergency medicine. I worked in urgent care but my preference was emergency medicine. After 20 yrs of emergency medicine, I am now transitioning to work full time tele-hospitalists and tele-urgent care. I know a number of med/peds providers who are working primary care but there are some who do choose one speciality over the other. If you decide to also do research, I am not certain that there are "med-peds" research opportunities, it would probably have to be one or the other.
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Colleen’s Answer

Hi Janel,

Hospitalists are pediatricians in the hospital that are practice gen-med, like your adult general practitioner. In a teaching hospital, the Attendings lead a group of residents and medical students and oversee the care of patients that might require consults from specialists, but do not need to be on a special service, such as oncology. Most large hospitals also have research facilities. Physicians often rotate between working on research and direct patient care. I think it might be a requirement. You can absolutely be a hospitalist committed to research but you may need to keep up a certain amount of clinical practice hours with direct patient care for your hospitalist credentials. Children's hospitals in Boston, Philadelphia, and DC all have endless opportunities in pediatric medical research. I work at Children's National in DC and HIGHLY recommend it! You can look into an internship at any of these hospitals to gain more insight and experience.

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