Study predicts U.S. gastroenterologist shortage by 2020

01/12/2009 | NYTimes.com

A study by the Lewin Group and sponsored by Olympus estimates that at the current rate of colorectal cancer screening, the U.S. will need an additional 1,050 gastroenterologists by 2020. Several studies have documented a looming shortage of primary care physicians and geriatricians needed to treat the aging population. The study author claims a shortage of gastroenterologists could affect the nation's ability to meet national guidelines for colorectal cancer screenings, especially in underserved areas.

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