Analysis of Early Job Market Experiences and Perceptions Among Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Graduates and Bariatric Surgery Program Directors.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: Over the past decade, an increasing number of bariatric surgeons are trained in fellowships annually despite only a modest increase in nationwide bariatric surgery volume. The study surveys the bariatric surgery job market trend in order to inform better career-choice decisions for trainees interested in this field. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A national retrospective cohort survey over an 11-year period was conducted. Bariatric surgery fellowship graduates from 2008 to 2019 and program directors (PDs) were surveyed electronically. Univariate analysis was performed comparing responses between earlier (2008-2016) and recent graduates (2017-2019). RESULTS: We identified a total of 996 graduates and 143 PDs. Response rates were 9% and 20% respectively (n = 88, 29). Sixty-eight percent of graduates felt there are not enough bariatric jobs for new graduates. Seventy-nine percent of PDs felt that it is more difficult to find a bariatric job for their fellows now than 5-10 years ago. Forty-eight percent of PDs felt that we are training too many bariatric fellows. Seventy-seven percent of all graduates want the majority of their practice to be comprised bariatric cases; however, only 42% of them reported achieving this. In the univariate analysis, recent graduates were less likely to be currently employed as a bariatric surgeon (64% vs. 86%, p = 0.02) and were less satisfied with their current case volume (42% vs. 66%, p = 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The temporal increase in bariatric fellowship graduates over the past decade has resulted in a significant decline in the likelihood of employment in a full-time bariatric surgical practice and a decline in surgeons' bariatric case volumes.

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Cited Authors

  • Lu, Y; Juo, Y-Y; Martin, MJ; Dan, AG; Banerjee, A; Jones, DB; Dakin, GF; Jain-Spangler, K; Chen, Y

Published Date

  • April 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1561 - 1571

PubMed ID

  • 33405180

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7786144

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1708-0428

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11695-020-05150-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States