Millions of US women are going without any form of OB-GYN coverage putting them at risk for disease.
Despite the rapid growth of the US female population, obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) residency programs have decreased, and the number of first-year OBGYN residency positions has only increased minimally in the last couple of decades.
The public health implications are huge. Basic well-women screenings are essential for countering preventable disease such as cervical cancer. Without the necessary healthcare, many women find themselves at risk.
Telehealth may hold the answer to the OB-GYN shortage. Using the latest digital technology, physicians in one area are able to receive input from experts in another location. This would allow for remote consultation on cases in real-time, enabling women health expert physicians to extend their practice beyond their geographic boundaries.
How can we work together to solve the OB-GYN shortage?