A shortage of rheumatologists?
As of this year, perhaps the greatest concern is the deficit of rheumatologists. According to a recent study, this deficit is expected to worsen over the next few years, reaching a labor force shortage by 2030. The onset of this deficit is thought to be related to the ‘supply’ of baby-boomer retirements and a larger percentage of millennials, in parallel with a growing ‘demand’ for an adult rheumatology labor force. Regardless of the increase of fellowship programs and training, it is not enough to close the foreseen gap between supply and future demand of rheumatologists. As a result, approaches to retaining rheumatologists, all the while providing quality care, must be explored.