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NASPAG Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Surgery Compensation Survey

  • Jennifer E. Dietrich
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to: Jennifer E. Dietrich, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics, Division Director Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, 77030
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    NASPAG Executive Board

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pediatrics, Division Director Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine, Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas
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Published:September 23, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpag.2022.09.005

      Abstract

      Introduction

      Over the last decade, the field of pediatric and adolescent gynecology (PAG) has rapidly expanded on the basis of a need for this specialized training to care for children and adolescents with gynecologic concerns. There are 18 PAG fellowship programs within the United States and Canada. Since 2017, which marked the beginning of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) Focused Practice Examination in PAG and PAG Maintenance of Certification program, there has been a growing recognition of this specialty, given the unique population served. However, there is a paucity of information related to compensation in PAG. As the field has grown and more PAG fellow graduates are sought by children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada, there is an urgent need to ensure that salary is equitable for these specialty PAG providers given the unique skills acquired during fellowship training, beyond that of obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) residency. This initial survey aimed to focus on compensation for PAG surgeons in the United States.

      Objectives

      To survey NASPAG PAG surgeons in the United States about current benefits, practice metrics, and compensation

      Methods

      A 15-question anonymous survey was sent to PAG surgeons in the United States in February 2022, with 3 reminders sent by email to engage voluntary participation. The survey aimed to understand practice characteristics, current compensation, and relative value unit (RVU) benchmarks. Descriptive statistics were utilized. Compensation means and quartiles were calculated in U.S. dollars for the following categories: assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor. The compensation mean was also calculated for private/hybrid and instructor categories.

      Results

      Among 255 eligible members, 88 completed the survey, for a participation rate of 34.5%. Sixty-three point six percent reported having completed a PAG fellowship, whereas one-third reported specializing in this area with no fellowship available at the time. Three-fourths reported having achieved ABOG Focused Practice PAG certification. Most providers were academic (75%) and working full time (82.9%). Among academicians, most were assistant professors (48%) and on the non-tenure track (50.6%). RVU benchmarks varied, with 40.2% reporting OBGYN generalist targets and only 18.3% reporting PAG-specific targets, despite most physicians practicing only PAG (62.5%) and less than 30% practicing PAG plus some adult OBGYN. Salary support varied, with 57% employed by a hospital. Incentives were common, with most receiving a bonus at the end of the year (52.9%). As expected, full professors reported higher mean compensation ($345k) as compared with less senior colleagues ($248k and $302k for assistant and associate professors, respectively). Private practice/hybrid practitioners reported compensation ($251k) similar to that of assistant professors ($248k). Only 2 instructor-level physicians completed the survey. The mean number for this level is skewed and is not a reliable predictor for this academic level. Quartiles could not be calculated for this category.

      Conclusion

      This is the first survey addressing compensation in the field of PAG in the United States. There is an ongoing need to collect this information to prepare PAG fellow graduates for the job market. Additional surveys, including an understanding of the compensation landscape in Canada, are needed in the future to address specific questions related to compensation for those who have less than 50% clinical time.

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