Critical shortage of cardiothoracic surgeons anticipated by 2035

Posted by on May 17, 2016 4:05 pm
Categories: health

Looking ahead to 2035, a growing disparity is projected between the number of cardiothoracic surgeons needed and the number available. Researchers cite such trends as fewer trainees in surgery residency programs, more exam failures, and fewer American Board of Thoracic Surgery certifications at a time when an aging population will require more cardiothoracic surgical services. They estimate that cardiothoracic surgeons would have to increase their caseload by 121 percent to meet demand, something that is not feasible.

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