Tag Archive for ‘workforce shortages’

The teaching prerogative and the role of surgeons in educational health care policy

Describes the importance of protecting and expanding GME in order to ensure quality surgical care and to reduce workforce shortages and highlights the importance of formalized advocacy education.

2019 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons wanted: Workforce challenges in health care

2019 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons wanted: Workforce challenges in health care

Editor’s note: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors (B/G) conducts an annual survey of its domestic and international members. The purpose of the survey is to provide a means of communicating the concerns of the Governors to the College leadership. The 2019 ACS Governors Survey, conducted in July 2019 by the B/G […]

Rural Surgery

Shortage of rural surgeons: How bad is it?

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.

The ACS and advocacy: A tradition of protecting our patients and advancing our profession

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.

Figure 1. Age range of ACS Governors

2015 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons speak out on GME funding issues

Surgeons’ views on alternate sources of graduate medical education funding, based on the findings of the 2015 ACS Governors Survey, are summarized.


Graduate of the first acute care surgery fellowship program reflects on the experience

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.

The authors, from left: Ms. Lazow, Ms. Venn, and Dr. Dakin.

PreOp program: Can we achieve a “trickle-up” effect?

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.

Rural surgery in “The Great White North”— universal care or universal challenge?

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.

The role of politics in shaping surgical training

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.

A Regent’s perspective

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.

Figure 4: Dr. Franklin Martin

Presidential Address: The next hundred years

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.

ACS takes a stand on policies impacting the surgical workforce

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.


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