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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 137-142

Assessment of the current rhinology workforce in Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Mouwasat Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mashael Abdulaziz Alharbi
Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Ammar Bin Thabit St, AlMerikbat, Dammam 32253
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjoh.sjoh_30_22

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Introduction: Workforce planning is a relatively new approach to identify the supply and demand of labor. The goal of workforce planning is to identify talent surpluses and shortages, project future needs, and facilitate matching training decisions. Methods: An online survey was sent to otolaryngologists with a high volume of rhinology practice. Results: Twenty-nine surgeons participated in the survey. All respondents had completed a rhinology fellowship and 20% practiced exclusively rhinology. The majority of surgeons reported <5 days of access to the operative room. More than 50% of surgeons reported having access to image-guided surgery. According to 65% of respondents, the number of surgeons practicing rhinology in Saudi Arabia is adequate. Overall, 62% of respondents were satisfied with their careers. Conclusion: The outcomes from this survey provided the necessary information required for rhinology physicians workforce modeling and allow us to begin strategically planning for Saudi Arabia's future rhinology needs and local fellowship requirements.

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