A recent study conducted by Ohio State University projects the U.S. will be short 1,300 general surgeons within two years’ time—and lacking 6,000 of these specialists by 2050—due to increasing population demand.
This is by design and it is not just a function of "population demand." When you take their life style, increased regulations and pretty poor reimbursement, you get fewer surgeons. Formerly double-boarded surgeons like myself do not re-certify in general surgery when the requirements get more time consuming and expensive. I technically counted as one less US general surgeon when I decided not to re-certify last year.