Does paediatric training focus on the wrong conditions?

Infectious diseases still dominate training programs even though mental health is a bigger issue now, says a leading US doctor

Paediatric training programs need to shift their focus from infectious diseases to mental health conditions, which are now more prevalent and deadlier, says US paediatrician and researcher Dr Cori Green. 

Dr Green is the lead author of  a study showing few paediatric trainees feel they have high levels of competence in the treating children with behavioural and mental health conditions.

"Paediatric training programs have never adequately prepared paediatricians to assess and treat children with behavioural or