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Most Interventional Pulmonology Grads in Academic Practices

Three-quarters of interventional pulmonology graduates have positions in academic practices

FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Interventional pulmonology (IP) graduates most often find positions in academic IP practices, according to research published in the April issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

Hans J. Lee, M.D., from the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues examined employment data of IP fellowship graduates. The authors surveyed IP fellows on employment position after graduation; surveys were conducted in May or June of 2012, 2013, and 2014. Fifty-three IP fellows participated in the surveys.

The researchers found that 75 percent of IP fellowship graduates had positions in academic IP practices. There were seven IP private practice positions, all of which were to create an IP program. Four IP graduates were in non-IP private practice, one was in a non-IP academic position, one was in a research position, and one had no known employment. More than three-quarters (77.4 percent) of IP graduates were men. Most positions were filled in states east of the Mississippi river, with only 15.1 percent of positions filled in states west of the Mississippi.

"Despite speculation about the scarcity of academic jobs after fellowship, recently trained IP fellows are more likely to practice in academic settings and join established practices," the authors write.

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