Just when you thought it was a good time to start a family we hear that Buffalo could face a shortage of maternity care doctors, according to a survey of medical professionals nationwide.

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According to WIVB-TV the survey conducted by Doximity, shows a national shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists in the offing, with Buffalo near the top of the list.

Buffalo was ranked sixth-highest of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States at risk for a maternity doctor shortage.

The Doximity survey focuses on an impending shortage of OB-GYNs, and maternity doctors, but a number of studies look to serious doctor shortages across the board.

The Medical Society of Erie County said that there is an “aging out” of doctors among its membership, and they are doing something about it.

Executive Director of Erie County’s Medical Society Aimana ElBahtiti, has started a physician mentoring program in hopes of helping experienced physicians share knowledge with younger doctors.

”Aside from just it being the underpinning of the fate of the Society, those younger physicians also bring so much to the table, in terms of what they are seeing.”

As a result of the program, the Medical Society is seeing an uptick among the active membership.

 “You would expect that during a global health crisis a medical society should flourish, not struggle, because the public at large–not just physicians–should lean on the Medical Society, and we are already seeing that momentum.” according to ElBahtiti.

The Medical Society of Erie County is not only vital for doctors, but helpful for area consumers as well. You can find more about the Medical Society of Erie County here.