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The Impact of Burnout on the Obstetrics and Gynecology Workforce

VETTER, MONICA HAGAN MD*; SALANI, RITU MD, MBA*; WILLIAMS, THOMAS E. JR MD, PhD; ELLISON, CHRISTOPHER MD; SATIANI, BHAGWAN MD, MBA

doi: 10.1097/GRF.0000000000000452
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Although there has been discussion of a shortage of surgical specialties including OB/GYN, consensus is difficult because of the multiple variables involved in estimating both supply and demand. In addition, burnout has become more recognized as a variable that has not been taken into account in estimating a shortage of OB/GYNs. We estimate OB/GYN physician shortages of 17%, 24%, and 31% by 2030, 2040, and 2050, respectively. Here, we examine the impact of burnout on the OB/GYN workforce. Specifically, we address the associations of burnout, reduction in clinical productivity as well as early retirement. We also discuss the implications of the substantial increase of female OB/GYNs to ∼66% of workforce over the next 10 years and how this may impact the impending OB/GYN shortage. Finally, we briefly consider possible solutions to workforce issues causing burnout.

Departments of *Obstetrics/Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio

R.S.: Advisory Board & or Speakers Bureau of Tesaro, Clovis, Genentech Ethicon, Gen Mab. T.E.W.: none. C.E., B.S.: Johnson & Johnson consulting; McGraw Hill Co-editor contributions atlas. M.H.V. declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Monica Hagan Vetter, MD, 320 W. 10th Avenue, Starling Loving M210, Columbus, OH. E-mail: monica.vetter@osumc.edu

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