Bridging the Gap: Addressing the Growing OBGYN Physician Shortage in the USA

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Written by:

Meredith Delp, DO, AccessNurse Women’s Health Medical Director



The United States is currently facing a significant and growing shortage of OBGYN physicians, a trend that poses a considerable threat to women’s healthcare across the nation. 

This shortage is not just a temporary challenge; it’s expected to deepen, affecting more organizations and more lives.

The Growing Shortage of OBGYN Physicians

Recent reports indicate a concerning decline in the number of practicing OBGYNs. Factors contributing to this include an aging workforce, burnout, and fewer medical students choosing the OBGYN specialty. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) projects a potential shortfall of up to 22,000 OBGYN doctors by 2050.

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The impact is profound. Many regions, particularly rural areas, are becoming OBGYN deserts, leaving women without necessary care during critical life stages, including pregnancy and menopause. The quality of care is also at risk, with the remaining physicians facing overwhelming caseloads that could affect patient outcomes.

Impact of the Shortage

The shortage significantly strains healthcare systems, forcing them to overextend services and staff. Healthcare organizations struggle to provide timely appointments, and patients often experience longer wait times, which can lead to worsened health outcomes.

How AccessNurse Can Help

AccessNurse features a highly skilled telephone triage team specialized in Women’s Health Nurse Triage with 29 years of experience in delivering women’s health triage services. 

We provide a customized solution that alleviates the burden of after-hours calls for physicians.

To help prevent burn-out and promote provider retention and recruitment, call AccessNurse today.

For more information, contact our Director of Business Development, Jeanne Griffin:

With 11 years of experience in the OBGYN field, Dr. Delp, has been both a dedicated provider and a skilled Site Director. Dr. Delp is actively involved in the medical community and is a proud member of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, contributing to industry advancement.