Surgeon unemployment: Would practice sharing be a viable solution?

Surgeon unemployment: Would practice sharing be a viable solution?

Can J Surg 2016;59(2):141-142 | PDF

Elliot Wakeam, MD, MPH; Stan Feinberg, MD

Summary

Surgeon unemployment has become a crisis within Canadian surgery in recent years. Without dedicated governmental workforce planning, ensuring that new residency graduates can find employment will require new models of employment. Practice sharing, whereby a new graduate and a senior surgeon partner to divide their practices, allows the senior surgeon to wind down and the newer surgeon to ramp up. Importantly, this arrangement builds in formal mentoring, which is so important in the early years of starting a surgical practice. Practice sharing may be a solution for the workforce issues currently afflicting new surgical graduates across Canada.


Accepted for publication Nov. 9, 2015

Affiliations: From the Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. (Feinberg, Wakeam); and the Division of General Surgery, North York General Hospital, Toronto, Ont. (Feinberg).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: Both authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.014015

Correspondence to: E. Wakeam, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, 30 Bond St, Rm 3073 Queen Wing North, Toronto, ON, M5W 1W8; elliot.wakeam@utoronto.ca