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Surgeon shortage pushes hospitals to hire temps

Wall Street Journal (subscription required), January 13, 2009

Economic and cultural forces reshaping U.S. medicine are prompting an exodus from surgery, creating a growing market for temporary surgeons-for-hire. General surgery is now among the fastest-growing areas of a temporary-medical-staffing industry that's expected to double to $2.1 billion in 2009 from five years ago, according to, a staffing agency.