Pathology Job Market Assessment. Sharon Bihlmeyer, MD, FCAP Michael S. Brown, MD, FCAP. We Set out to Gain Initial Insight into the Following…. Is it difficult to find a job following residency or fellowship? If it is difficult, why is it difficult – and how difficult is it?
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Sharon Bihlmeyer, MD, FCAP
Michael S. Brown, MD, FCAP
We surveyed a CAP Member Research Panel (258 CAP Fellows who have been in practice for 1-5 years.)
Results were at a 90% confidence level with a +/- 5% margin of error.
*Based on March 2009 CAP data
*based off date taken from the US Census Bureau and Dept. Health and Human Services
Survey Questions/ResultsHow many have completed or are currently in a fellowship?
Interest in the Specialty 90%
To be more competitive for jobs 82%
Need for additional skill training 81%
The job I wanted was not available 7%
Region of US 30%
Don’t Know 20%
How important was networking and personal contacts in finding leads for jobs?
Extremely/Very Important 84%
Mostly Easy 44%
Mostly Difficult 22%
Mostly Happy 62%
Less Happy 15%
Positions in geographic preferred area 55%
Shortage of positions in general 32% (yet 97% got jobs!)
Positions in preferred practice setting 31%
Open positions on the Online Career Ctr 48%
Networking at the annual meeting 16%
Posting my resume online via OCC 14%
Use of the CAP online membership directory 11%
During residency or fellowship training, what opportunities did you find most helpful in your job search?
Working with pathologists in my training program 70%
Being introduced to Colleagues by well-known pathologists who trained me 58%
Attending local state society meetings 25%