Raoul S. Concepcion, MD, FACS
Over the past few years, we have struggled with the continued physician shortage, especially in urology. Although it is forecast that by 2035 there will be a net increase in urologic providers (defined as MDs and advanced practice providers [APPs]), the number of physicians will drop to less than 9000. According to the American Urological Association’s (AUA) 2016 workforce report, the median age of urologists in the United States is 55 years, and 30% have been in practice for more than 30 years! Urology is truly the domain of older physicians.1
, Yuval Harari stated, “The greatest scientific discovery was the discovery of ignorance.” As the information explosion saturates our world, we need to retain freshness of mind and avoid turning our backs on practice-advancing knowledge. Hopefully, the development of advanced therapeutic centers and identification of providers who want to fill these specific roles can result in better continuity of care, less burnout, and continuous involvement of the aging urologist, whose accumulated expertise is so valuable to the rising need for quality urologic care across the country.
- The state of the urology workforce and practice in the United States: 2016. American Urology Association. April 2017. www.auanet.org/research/research-resources/auacensus/ census-results.
- Kane L. Medscape national physician burnout, depression & suicide report 2019. Medscape website. medscape.com/slideshow/2019-lifestyle-burnout-depression- 6011056. Published January 16, 2019. Accessed February 26, 2019.
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