Tag Archive for ‘workforce shortages’
An overview of the conflicting data on the shortage of rural surgeons and potential solutions to the dilemma are the focus of this month’s column.
Successful regulatory and legislative efforts led by surgeon advocates, such as the repeal of the sustainable growth rate, are summarized in this article, as are ongoing initiatives to reform graduate medical education to sustain the health care workforce.
Surgeons’ views on alternate sources of graduate medical education funding, based on the findings of the 2015 ACS Governors Survey, are summarized.
The development of the first acute care surgery fellowship and the role that surgeons trained in this discipline can play in alleviating ED overcrowding and general surgery workforce issues are addressed in this article.
This article describes the PreOp program—a preclinical surgical exposure initiative—and how it successfully offers increased surgical exposure to first-year medical students by providing preliminary data from an ongoing longitudinal study of this program.
Access to timely, affordable, and quality surgical care is an ongoing challenge for Canadians, particularly those individuals living in rural communities. This column highlights several factors that affect the provision of rural surgical services in Canada, including training, certification and licensing issues, and challenges related to recruitment and retention.
Political and socioeconomic factors have affected surgical education over the last several decades, and, in particular, government funding has had a significant impact on graduate medical education programs. This article addresses how surgical training has responded to external pressures, including surgical workforce shortages and resident work-hour restrictions, and considers the issue of patient consent as it relates to the role of surgical trainees.
James K. Elsey, MD, FACS, Regental liaison to the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery discusses his experiences as a rural surgeon and offers potential solutions to the problems with recruiting and training surgeons to practice in a nonurban environment.
This article summarizes the Presidential Address that A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, delivered to the 1,377 Initiates of the American College of Surgeons during Convocation ceremonies at the 2012 Clinical Congress. For the full text of Dr. Eastman’s address, see the February 2013 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
The American College of Surgeons is carefully monitoring legislation and activities that could affect the surgical profession and patient access to high-quality care, and continues to advocate for policies designed to strengthen the surgical workforce. This article examines the College’s advocacy efforts in these areas.