The future of Thoracic Surgery and the impending shortages of thoracic surgeons is something I’ve talked about before on my sister sites, but since it’s integral to any discussion on thoracic surgery – I’ve re-posted some of my thoughts here.
In discussions on the growing medical tourism phenomenon, we talked about the fact that these shortages, not cost, will soon be the driving force behind the outsourcing of American health care.
We also talked about the need to interview thoracic surgeons in other locations, tour their facilities, observe surgeries and evaluate the care – to establish our international networks now, in:
But, as this site grows and matures, I would also like to start profiling some of the wonderful and talented surgeons I have been interviewing and meeting during my travels. I also [and this is a big leap] would like to do MORE travelling, as part of an effort to meet more of our thoracic surgery counterparts all over the globe – and bring them here, to you, my readers.
K. Eckland ACNP
For a snapshot of Thoracic Surgeons (dated to 2002), the profession, and projections – this article gives an excellent overview.
Impending Thoracic Surgery Shortage – unable to fill residencies (2008)
Thoracic surgery education; Past, Present and Future (2005) – shortage projections, educational requirements and implications for the future