, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp 1334-1342
Date: 19 Apr 2014

Will There Be a Good General Surgeon When You Need One? (Part II) Solutions and Taking Back General Surgery

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Abstract

Introduction

Multiple reports have cited the looming shortage of physicians over the next decades related to increasing demand, an aging of the population, and a stagnant level in the production of new physicians. General surgery shares in this problem, and the specialty is “stressed” by a declining workforce related to increasing specialization that leaves gaps in emergency, trauma, and rural surgical care.

Summary

The Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Policy and Advocacy Committee sponsored panel discussions regarding the general surgery workforce shortage at the Digestive Disease Week 2012 and 2013 meetings. The 2012 panel focused on defining the problem. This is the summation of the series with the solutions to the general surgery workforce shortage as offered by the 2013 panel.

Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract on May 18, 2013, Orlando, FL