Paediatricians: are they just little adults?


The DFTB team could not let this landmark article pass by unmentioned. In this study, the authors finally investigate the serious problem of short stature amongst paediatricians. We have always felt smaller than the rest of the medical population, but is that just an inferiority complex, or are they actually looking down at us?

What was the population?

The authors used six hospitals in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. The doctors recruited were from the specialties of paediatrics, emergency medicine, general medicine, geriatric medicine. Doctors were considered to be part of a specialty if they had been working in it for at least 2 years.

In total there were 164 doctors recruited for the study, 61 of which were paediatricians.

What was investigated?

Doctors were measured for height, BMI, head circumference, and shoe size.

What did the results show?

After adjusting for gender and country of birth, the results were astounding.

Paediatricians are shorter, lighter, and have a smaller shoe size than the other specialties.

There was no difference in head circumference or BMI.

In conclusion, paediatricians are smaller than their peers, although we have relatively larger heads (Ed: possibly related to the vast amount of information we store).

Take home message: if you are shorter than your colleagues, and not yet working in paediatrics, it may be time to change specialty. Recruitment agencies: take note.

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Tessa Davis is a paediatric emergency registrar from Glasgow and Sydney, but currently living in London. Tessa tries to spend time with her 3 kids in between shifts. @tessardavis | + Tessa Davis | Tessa's DFTB posts

3 Responses to "Paediatricians: are they just little adults?"

  1. Anand Senthi
    Anand Senthi 11 months ago .Reply

    everything about this post is hilarious … the study title, the study findings, the fact that it got published and the fact that someone even did the study. Surely you are having a lend. If not, this is truly Evidence Based Gold!

    • Tessa Davis
      Tessa Davis 10 months ago .Reply

      Not having a lend….it’s evidence based gold.

  2. Casey
    Casey 8 months ago .Reply

    Shorter attention spans?

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