Well, I've thrown my hat into the surgery ring, and I am wondering what the future holds for us general surgeons to be. My thoughts are... The "general" surgeon practice will undergo a windfall due to lack of applicants for residency physicians. With the growing number of elderly people, surgery will be in increased demand, but will have fewer providers (decreased supply.) This will force 3rd party payer to increase reimbursment for various procedures or risk multiple hospitalizations and long term drug therapy for patients with gallstones and no one to take out the gallbladder. Maybe this is rather simple thinking but I had an economics proffesor who routinly stated that..."all the equations in the world come back to the simple principle of supply and demand." What do you guys think??