Demographic situation in operative medicine in Switzerland - time to react?

Kaderli, Reto Martin; Gruber, Wiebke; Laffer, Urban; Businger, Adrian (2013). Demographic situation in operative medicine in Switzerland - time to react? Archives of Clinical and Experimental Surgery, 2(4), pp. 229-234. Gesdav 10.5455/aces.20130124041631

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Objective: The decreasing proportion of physicians of Swiss origin and the increasing number of part-time jobs in operative medicine might lead to a shortage of physicians in operative disciplines in Switzerland. The objective of the present study was to analyze the current demographic situation in operative medicine in Switzerland. Methods: During the summer of 2011, a 19-item anonymous electronic questionnaire was mailed to all directors of departments in operative medicine in Switzerland. The questionnaire was designed to gather data about the characteristics of the participating departments, the demographics (including the appointment (consultant, attending or resident), the proportion of female and foreign physicians, the latter’s origin, and the number of part-time jobs with a working time between 20 and 90%), and the proportion of vacant posts. Results: Of 775 questionnaires mailed to all directors of departments in operative medicine in Switzerland, 183 (24%) were returned. Overall, 40% were female, and 42% foreign physicians. The proportion of part-time jobs amounted to 17%. Vacant posts were found in 2%. Conclusions: An expansion of study places at the medical universities and of the incentives for the incumbents in operative medicine is necessary to avert a shortage of physicians in Switzerland.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Visceral Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Kaderli, Reto Martin and Businger, Adrian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2146-8133

Publisher:

Gesdav

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lilian Karin Smith-Wirth

Date Deposited:

13 Jun 2014 11:41

Last Modified:

15 Oct 2017 14:43

Publisher DOI:

10.5455/aces.20130124041631

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Shortage of physicians, Switzerland, operative medicine

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49269

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49269

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