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01.12.2014 | Original Article | Ausgabe 12/2014

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery 12/2014

Workforce Shortage for General Surgeons: Results from the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Track (SSAT) Surgeon Shortage Survey

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Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery > Ausgabe 12/2014
Autoren:
KMarie Reid-Lombardo, Charity Celeste Glass, Stuart G. Marcus, Juliette Liesinger, Daniel B. Jones, the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the SSAT
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Electronic supplementary material

The online version of this article (doi:10.​1007/​s11605-014-2636-8) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
This paper was presented at the 53rd and 54th Annual Meetings of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract on May 21, 2012 and May 20, 2013 in San Diego, CA and Orlando, FL, respectively.

Abstract

Background

Population shifts among surgeons and the general populous will contribute to a predicted general surgeon shortage by 2020. The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract designed and conducted a survey to assess perceptions and possible solutions from important stakeholders: practicing surgeons of the society, general surgery residents, and medical students.

Results

Responses from 1,208 participants: 658 practicing surgeons, 183 general surgery residents, and 367 medical students, were analyzed. There was a strong perception of a current and future surgeon shortage. The majority of surgeons (59.3 %) and residents (64.5 %) perceived a current general surgeon shortage, while 28.6 % of medical students responded the same. When asked of a perceived general surgery shortage in 20 years, 82.4, 81.4, and 51 % said “yes”, respectively. There were generational differences in responses to contributors and solutions for the impending shortage. Surgeons placed a high value on improving reimbursement, tort reform, and surgeon burnout, while residents held a strong interest in a national loan forgiveness program and improving lifestyle barriers.

Conclusion

Our survey offers insight into possible solutions to ward off a surgeon shortage that should be addressed with programmatic changes in residency training and by reform of the national health care system.

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