A landmark study published in 2007 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) predicted a major shortfall of medical oncologists by the year 2020. (1) This study, which was done in conjunction with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), surveyed hematology/oncology (hem/onc) fellows who were starting their training, fellows who had just completed their training, oncology fellowship program directors, and about 4000 practicing oncologists in the United States. The study also used National Cancer Institute (NCI) analyses of Medicare data to estimate the future demand for oncology services. According to this original study, by the year 2020 a shortfall of between 2500 and 4000 hem/onc physicians would be evident in the United States. (1) This study found a number of factors that contributed to this shortfall, including a lower supply of "pipeline" residents in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and gynecology as well as hem/onc fellowship slots, while the demand for oncology services would go up by 48%. (1) Other factors...
The Future of Oncology: Supply and Demand for Oncology Services.
From: Oncology(Vol. 35, Issue 6)
Publisher: Intellisphere, LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 650 words
Lexile Measure: 1820L
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