Originally Posted by RySerr21
I love peds, medicine, and being in the hospital. I'd say my ideal job would be a hospitalist that spends some time doing peds and some time doing medicine. I also love to teach and would love to be at an academic institution as an attening or something.
I dont think I would do med/peds if I thought it was likely I would end up doing outpatient all of the time. If i thought that would be the case, I'd probably just choose either meds or peds and be a general hospitalist in the respective fields. I also have a huge interest in cardiology, so thats on the table as well.
So basically, how common is it for meds/peds residents to go on to do outpatient only? Are there even any positions that would allow one to act as a peds hospitalist and medicine hospitalist?
There are jobs (in private community hospitals as well as academic hospitals) where med/peds physicians can be hospitalists (for both adults and pediatrics). Really depends on the setting, and the agreement that you make with your group or hospital (whether you work directly for the hospital or work with a group contracted with the hospital). It varies from covering the pediatric floor in a small community hospital to being the pediatric hospitalists at a stand-alone children's hospital (although those are usually more academic in nature)
The option is there and really depends on what you are looking for when you are job seeking (and where you want to work, etc)
As to your other question
From studies, roughly 55% of Med-Peds graduates end up doing primary care. Roughly 20-25% end up doing subspecialty training (in internal medicine, pediatrics, or both). About 17% end up being hospitalists.
If you have time and would look at the articles and data, then here are some articles that might be useful .... but you don't have to take my word for it
Chamberlain J, Cull W, Melgar T, Kaelber D, Kan B. The effect of dual training in internal medicine and pediatrics on the career path and job search experience of pediatric graduates. J Pediatrics. 2007, 151:419-24.
Frohna J. The Role of the Med-Peds Physician in a Changing Medical World. J Pediatrics. 2007; 151:338-339.
Frohna J, Melgar T, Mueller C, and Borden S. Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Training: Current Trends and Outcomes. Academic Medicine. 2004; 79:591-596.