The endocrine surgery job market: A survey of fellows, department chairs, and surgery recruiters

Joyce J. Shin, Mira Milas, Jamie Mitchell, Eren Berber, Jesse Gutnick, Allan Siperstein

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Introduction: Fifty endocrine surgery (ES) fellows have completed their training since the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons initiated a formal match process in 2007. This study was designed to better understand the job prospects of current and future endocrine surgeons and to evaluate the evolution of ES practices nationwide. Methods: Three surveys were conducted of former fellows, surgery department chairs, and surgery recruiters. Results: Of former fellows, 90% are working in academic centers and 10% in private practice. Average number of job interviews was 3.1 and job offers was 2.2. Eighty-eight percent have a practice that attends to≥50% ES cases, and 45% practice entirely ES. Ninety-eight percent are satisfied with their job. Subjectively, 57% believe that there are not enough job opportunities for young endocrine surgeons, and 50% believe that there are too many ES fellowships. Department chair survey showed that the average number of endocrine surgeons in their department increased from 1.3 to 2.2 in the past decade. A recognized ES section exists in 49% of centers, and 39% of chairs feel that they will need to recruit another endocrine surgeon in the next 2 years. Only 3 of 10 recruiters were familiar with ES, and all had<5 of their hiring institutions asking for endocrine surgeons. Conclusions: To date, there have been adequate job opportunities to sustain currently trained endocrine surgeons. This contrasts with their subjective belief of limited job prospects. This information can guide the optimal number of fellowship positions and alerts the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons to the opportunity to promote the creation of formal ES sections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-383
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES)
  • endocrine surgeon
  • endocrine surgery
  • fellowship
  • job
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education


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