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Specialist Shortage Opens Door to Larger Industry Role in Training

Written by: Lisa Wogan
Published on: Sep 1, 2022

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Say "shortage of veterinarians" and duck while debate ensues. The topic is historically fraught and often contested, especially when it comes to the overall supply of general practitioners. But in one area of the profession, there are few doubts of a shortage: specialty medicine.

The root of the pinch is the limited number of residencies — training required of all aspiring specialists — relative to the demand for specialists. In university teaching hospitals, where the majority of residencies take place, tight finances often constrain the number of slots.

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