TAMPA, Fla. Baycare aims to help educate the next generation of pediatricians through a new pediatric residency program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
“We’re already accepting applications and we’ve already had dozens and dozens of applicants,” says Dr. Peter Charvat, Chief Medical Officer of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. “It wouldn’t be unusual for us to have hundreds of them.”
The new program in the Tampa Bay area comes as the health care system also works to address an expected shortage of doctors.
“We don’t have enough training programs to really replenish the pipeline of physicians leaving clinical practice because of retirement, burnout, stress,” Charvat said.
According to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the country could see an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, including deficiencies in both primary and specialty care.
dr. Charvat explains that they are currently seeing a lot of burnout in healthcare.
“Almost 45 percent of doctors in active practice are 55 and older, so I think we’re probably going to see an exodus of clinicians due to retirement, and certainly the COVID pandemic has probably exacerbated the burnout phenomenon we’re seeing said Dr. Charvat.
He says one strategy for tackling that burnout is to increase the pipeline of young doctors entering the practice, and Charvat says it’s common for residents to stay in the community where they trained after graduation.
“Among other things, it could cause some of our treating physicians to stay here because they love to teach, and I think it really keeps us all on that clinician trajectory of the learning environment and stays really excited to stay ahead of our game.” Discipline. said Dr. Charvat. “I think one thing we could see is that it will potentially support our current doctors by really adding to their current practice, the ability to teach what they’ve learned over the years and to really apply their knowledge. share, and hopefully give them a little longer than they otherwise would have.”
The three-year program will welcome the first class of eight residents in July.