Demand for Physicians (Especially Surgeons) Outpaces Supply

The U.S. healthcare system is heading for a demographic cliff in terms of the supply of surgeons

  • Population growth and an aging population are contributing to the physician shortage.
  • By 2034, a shortage of 15,800 to 30,200 surgical specialists is projected.
  • Projections indicate little growth in the supply of surgeons across many specialties.


AAMC. Physician Workforce Projections. Accessed July 3, 2023.