To the Editor.—

We read with interest the recent Pediatrics article entitled“Training Young Pediatricians as Leaders for the 21st Century” by Leslie et al.1The article highlights the importance of addressing the training of young pediatricians as leaders. As recent graduates of our pediatric residency training program and a chief residency year, we are especially cognizant of this need. As stated in their article, in the current milieu of the health care field, all physicians (pediatrics trained or otherwise) have multiple opportunities to function as leaders. We are particularly committed to the training of pediatric residents and pediatric chief residents as leaders.

We reiterate the authors’ statement that for too long the field of medicine has perpetuated the dictum that leadership is an innate characteristic rather than a skill to be learned. We applaud not only the Pediatric Leadership Alliance’s Young Pediatric Leaders for the 21st Century Training...

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