September 10, 2021

ABA Study Provides Details on Anesthesiologist Workforce Demographics

An American Board of Anesthesiology study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia offers insight on the dramatic decrease in anesthesiology residency graduations around the turn of the millennium and the resulting implications on our specialty in the years since. The study outlines the demographic changes in the 2005-2015 anesthesiology workforce and provides national and state densities of these physicians in relation to the total populations, temporal changes in the densities and medical license retention by mid- and later-career anesthesiologists.

Although the numbers of residency graduates have long since recovered, concerns about a shortage of anesthesiologists persist due to factors such as an aging population and an increased demand for healthcare. The data make a compelling case for today’s mid-career anesthesiologists to step up for leadership opportunities.

ABA Directors Mark T. Keegan, M.B., B.Ch., Alex Macario, M.D., MBA, and David O. Warner, M.D., ABA Chief Assessment Officer Ann Harman, Ph.D., and ABA Director of Psychometrics and Research Huaping Sun, Ph.D., authored this research, titled, “Demographic Trends from 2005 to 2015 Among Physicians with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-Accredited Anesthesiology Training and Active Medical Licenses.”

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