PMCID: PMC5351767 DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.06.070
As the burden of cardiovascular disease in the United States continues to increase, uncertainty remains on how well-equipped the cardiovascular workforce is to meet the challenges that lie ahead. In a time when health care is rapidly shifting, numerous factors affect the supply and demand of the cardiovascular workforce. This Council Commentary critically examines several factors that influence the cardiovascular workforce. These include current workforce demographics and projections, evolving health care and practice environments, and the increasing burden of cardiovascular disease. Finally, we propose 3 strategies to optimize the workforce. These focus on cardiovascular disease prevention, the effective utilization of the cardiovascular care team, and alterations to the training pathway for cardiologists.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Cardiology; United States; Workforce
cardiovascular care team; demographics; fellowship; prevention; training pathway
Narang A, Sinha SS, Rajagopalan B, et al. The Supply and Demand of the Cardiovascular Workforce: Striking the Right Balance. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016;68(15):1680-1689. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2016.06.070