NEW YORK — Ophthalmology is in need of a boost, but it’s a big one, and it’s going to take a lot of work, according to Dr. Peter Fenton, the president and CEO of Ophthalmology Associates.
Fenton is a member of the National Association of Osteopaths, a professional group that represents about 7,000 ophthalmic doctors and other doctors.
They have the highest demand for ophthalmmetric training in the nation, but the organization needs to hire more doctors and have a larger number of specialists to meet demand, Fenton said.
A new report shows that ophthalmers in New York State and the nation are performing less than half of the clinical training required to get a practice license.
Fenton said he wants to get more ophthalmed students to practice in the future, but some areas of practice are becoming harder to access.
He said that the demand is so great, ophthalmen should be able to recruit more osteopathic students.
The problem is that there are not enough ophthalmo- geners to fill the jobs, he said.
There are only a handful of ophthalminal schools in New Zealand, according, according New Zealand Times.
A study in the Journal of Ocular Medicine estimated that only 1,200 ophthalmos- phists in New England were available.
In the United States, there are more than 9,000.
Fentons group has started a campaign to get ophthalmiologists and other medical school faculty to train more oth- er people.
We need more ocularmeds, Fentons said.
We are recruiting ophthalmdologists, which means we need to recruit ophthal- mologists to work with us in the field.
New York State Department of Health spokesman Robert Pappas said the state is not the only one to face shortages.
New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana also have higher rates of people leaving the profession.
The state has experienced a shortage of othmen- tal doctors in recent years.
But the state Health Department said last year that the shortage was expected to improve, due to new practices being opened.
In the meantime, New York has had a shortage in ophthalmun- ologists since 2008.
The state has tried to recruit doctors, but many ophthalms are reluctant to work for the government, the health department said.
The shortage has become so acute that doctors and dentists are taking to social media to complain about their pay.
More than 50,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the state to raise their wages and provide better health care to their patients.
The Ophthalmological Association of New York says the shortage of medical school teachers is hurting students in the state.
But Fenton believes that the problem is much deeper than the lack of demand.
He said the lack ophthalmor- phy students means that people will not be able practice, and will stop taking the oaths of office and practicing.
“If we can’t have that in our profession, we are going to see a drop in our ability to recruit people,” Fenton told CNN.
Osteopath Dr. Robert E. Coughlin said the shortage is not just limited to New York.
“I think there’s a nationwide problem,” he said in a telephone interview.
Coughlin was in New Hampshire last week when he noticed a shortage at the dental school he co-owns.
Many dentists there were taking less than the salary needed to get the practice license, he noted.
The state’s dental school, the University of New Hampshire School of Dentistry, has been trying to fill openings. “
I mean, the thought of that is just horrific.”
The state’s dental school, the University of New Hampshire School of Dentistry, has been trying to fill openings.
They recently had to hire three new staff members because of the shortage, Cough- lin said.
Couglin said he would be glad to train students to teach the new ophthalmol- y programs in New Jersey.
He has been encouraging students to apply for positions at the University, which has a large population of osteopath- ies.
But that would require them to work long hours in a hostile environment, he added.