Challenges Facing Cardiothoracic Surgeons

The supply of cardiothoracic surgeons is on the decline. Considering heart disease is the number one killer of men in women in America, and two out of every three Americans over the age of 65 have some form of heart disease, then this is an unsettling thought. Many of these heart-disease patients also need cardiac monitoring devices.

Demand for cardiac surgeons is only going to rise as the Medicare-age population is increasing faster than the supply of cardiac surgeons that can be filled. To make matters worse, many of the fully-trained, practicing cardiac surgeons are expected to retire over the next decade.

Without an increase in the supply of cardiac surgeons for the future, there can be dire consequences. There are a couple of factors that have lead to the decline in cardiac surgeons: a lack of interest from residents in training for the field and the advancement of minimally invasive techniques.

Cardiothoracic surgery is an extremely demanding profession. Training alone in the current training system can take around eight years on top of completing medical school. Additionally, those who have successfully completed the program have reported difficulty finding jobs. Lastly, the workload often has new surgeons working 60-80 hours a week. Plus, Medicare reimbursement has been on the decline for years. As a result of all these factors, residents are moving away from cardiothoracic surgery and advising their fellow residents to do the same for their own future. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is working on improving the training program to make it less daunting to go into cardiac surgery.

New techniques for minimally invasive surgeries are favorable for treating patients compared to the procedures used by cardiac surgeons. Doctors and their patients would rather receive these new treatments than seek help from cardiac surgeons, making it hard for cardiac surgeons to find work. ReactDx Inc. provides cardiac monitoring solutions for heart-disease patients.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

Jodi and her husband enjoy landscaping, finding new restaurants and traveling whenever life gives them the opportunity.

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