Workforce Considerations, Training, and Diseases of the Asia-Pacific Region

James D. Smith, Keng Lu Tan

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The Asia-Pacific region has 60% of the world's population. There is a huge variability in ethnic groups, geography, diseases, and income. The otolaryngology workforce depends on the number of medical graduates, training programs, scope of practice, and available employment. Training has been influenced by the British, Russian, and US training systems, and by local influences and experience. Otolaryngologic diseases are similar to those seen in the United States but with ethnic and regional differences. There are opportunities for humanitarian service but the most sustainable projects will include repetitive visits with transfer of knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-665
Number of pages7
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Asia
  • Diseases
  • Otolaryngology
  • Residency training
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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