Tessa Davis. Paediatricians: are they just little adults?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
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.