Part one of a three-part series exploring issues affecting the otolaryngology workforce.
Explore this issue:January 2010
How do you plan to deal with workforce shortages? If you are like 55 percent of the audience at an interactive mini-seminar held during the October American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Foundation annual meeting, you intend to hire additional otolaryngologists to help with practice overload.
Current projections do not bode well for that strategy, according to workforce experts. “Those of you who want to add an otolaryngologist to your practice are guaranteed not to find one,” said Richard A. Cooper, MD, professor of general internal medicine and senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. “There is a looming doctor shortage that will change the way we practice. You’re going to have to solve your practice problems another way.”| | | Next → | Single Page