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AASLD understands there are many challenges, current and anticipated, to train and sustain a robust workforce of hepatology specialists. One of the foreseen needs is training and sustaining a workforce of physicians, scientists and health professionals who focus on the study of and treatment of liver diseases.

AASLD contracted with the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) to conduct a comprehensive workforce study. AAL, in concert with the AASLD Workforce Study Group, will gather information from several sources, among which is this Workforce Study Survey.

This survey goes beyond the literature and current workforce assumptions to better define your workforce issues. We need your help to make the survey a success!

Take the Survey

Completing this survey should take you 25-30 minutes and your responses will remain confidential.

Start the survey.

Have Questions?

Should you have any technical questions regarding the survey (e.g., link to survey not working, etc.), contact Dr. Marcia Ditmyer at mditmyer@aalgroup.org.

If you have any questions regarding the content, contact Katie Duggan at kduggan@aasld.org.

 

FAQ -- Why Is AASLD Conducting This Study?

Details for the need are demonstrated in the 2016 HEPATOLOGY Special Article, “Workforce in Hepatology: Update and a Critical Need for More Information” by Mark W. Russo, Ayman A. Koteish, Michael Fuchs, K. Gautham Reddy, and Oren K. Fix

Because hepatology has been recognized as a discipline only in the last few decades, and the last workforce study took place over 15 years ago, now is a pivotal time for the AASLD. Many changes in the field of hepatology have occurred since the last workforce study.

A workforce analysis will provide information regarding the current workforce, including demographic and background characteristics of the current workforce retirement eligibility, turnover, and various workforce management issues (i.e., recruitment and retention). This information provides valuable insight in understanding the supply and demand of the workforce across the AASLD, identifying current capacity and future trends impacting the workforce. It will inform workforce training needs and succession planning by providing a basis for action to address demographic and employment trends that may impact future mission capabilities. It is critical to develop appropriate research capacity to monitor and understand patterns and relationships and better coordinate collaboration to discover the most cost-effective ways to improve existing knowledge about the prevention and treatment of liver diseases across the lifespan.

The world is facing a situation without precedent that includes:

  1. a rapidly aging and diverse population,
  2. new technologies and therapies for many liver diseases,
  3. the need for increasing capacity to monitor and understand these patterns and relationships,
  4. need to improve knowledge about the prevention and treatment of liver diseases.

FAQ -- Who Is Directing the Study?

The AASLD Workforce Study Group

  • Oren Fix, MD, MSc, FAASLD
  • Michael Fuchs, PhD, FAASLD
  • Ayman Koteish, MD, FAASLD
  • K. Gautham Reddy, MD, FAASLD
  • Mark Russo, MD, MPH, FAASLD

Academy for Academic Leadership (Consultant)

  • Marcia Ditmyer, PhD, MBA, MS, MCHES

AASLD Staff

  • Katie Duggan, Director, Training and MOC

FAQ -- Who Is Taking / Eligible to Take the Survey?

  • Health care providers currently treating patients with liver disease and practicing in the US
  • Retired physicians who worked in the US but no longer treat patients with liver disease
  • Nurse / nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing in the US treating patients with liver disease
  • Health care specialists (e.g., researchers, physical therapists, pharmacists, etc.) working within the field of hepatology or with patients with liver disease
  • Fellows-in-training in a US Fellowship program planning on working with patients with liver disease in the US

FAQ -- Who Is Not Eligible to Take the Survey?

  • Health care providers currently treating patients with liver disease practicing outside the U.S
  • Health care providers and specialists not currently treating patients with liver disease
  • Fellows-in-training in a US Fellowship who are not planning on working with patients with liver diseases in the U.S

FAQ -- What Type of Information is Being Collected?

  • Survey population demographics
  • Work environment (direct services, traditional, academic)
  • Succession planning
  • New entrants into the workforce
  • Services
  • Job satisfaction
  • Changes in workload
  • Emerging technology / therapies

FAQ -- What are the Timelines for this Study?

  • Health Professional Survey: Spring 2018
  • Environmental Scan: Fall 2018
  • Publications: 2019