Building the Burn Physician Workforce for the 21st Century: Report From February 2014 Burns Workforce Conference

Amalia Cochran, David G Greenhalgh

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American Burn Association Past President Palmer Q. Bessey, MD, orchestrated a Burn Workforce Conference in Washington, DC in February, 2014, with the goal of evaluating the workforce needs for doctors, nurses, and occupational/physical therapists. This report summarizes the issues related to the need for training future surgeons to manage burn patients. General surgery and plastic surgery residents currently have minimal requirements for burn experience during their training. The respective Boards, however, do require knowledge in the management of burn care. The number of surgeons entering burn fellowships is limited to approximately 10 per year and there are only a handful of burn fellowship programs to train future burn surgeons. A survey sent to burn surgeons revealed that the current workforce is aging and needs to a constant supply of new physicians. It is clear that there is a need to formalize burn fellowships and it was felt that the American Burn Association should be responsible for accreditation of those fellowships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-857
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 23 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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