Trends in the general surgery workforce

Bhagwan Satiani, David A. Etzioni, Thomas E. Williams

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While the US population continues to grow, the number of graduating general surgery (GS) residents has remained static. The changing nature of the workforce, preference for a controllable lifestyle, increasing workload due to an aging population, and declining work hours represent a challenge to maintaining an adequate GS workforce. Furthermore, only 20-25% of board-certified general surgeons are carrying out the full range of GS procedures. Flexible working hours, taking advantage of retirees and part-time surgeons, funding of additional residency positions through a public-private partnership, loan forgiveness, and easier visa access for international medical graduates choosing GS offer some potential solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-186
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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