Walker Baptist Medical Center and the Boy Scouts of America will kick off the 2020 Healthcare Explorers Program by holding a meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at the hospital for high school students wanting to learn about the medical industry.
By 2032, the U.S. will lack as many as 23,000 surgeons, according to an April 2019 report on physician supply and demand from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Other key findings in the report include:
• Physician demand will continue to outpace supply, with a projected total shortfall of between 46,900 and 121,900 physicians by 2032.
• The U.S. will see a primary care physician shortage of 21,100 to 55,200 physicians by 2032.
• A shortfall across non-primary care specialties of 24,800 to 65,800.
• A shortage of physicians in surgical specialties of 14,300 to 23,400.
Statistics such as these reinforce the importance of the Healthcare Explorers program, which is aimed at exposing area high school students to available healthcare careers.
The students meet monthly in the evenings, tour different areas of the hospital and hear guest speakers from various hospital departments.
Students are invited to come to the ground floor lobby of the hospital Thursday and learn about future career-based opportunities in healthcare while gaining an up-close experience within the hospital.
The fee for the event is $40. Anyone with questions about the event may call Justin Hayes at 205-270-8952.