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DALLAS, Texas – Physicians completing their training are getting fewer recruiting offers than in the past, most likely due to Covid-19, a new survey suggests. The survey also indicates that female physicians coming out of training receive more recruiting offers than male
physicians, but expect to earn less in their first practice.
Conducted periodically since 1991 by Merritt Hawkins, a national physician search firm and a company of AMN Healthcare, the survey examines the career choices, plans, and expectations of physicians in their final year of residency training. Key findings of the survey include:
“Medical residents appear to be taking the health risks of Covid-19 in stride,” said Tom Florence, executive vice president with Merritt Hawkins. “They are more concerned about their job prospects and their financial future, given the negative impact the coronavirus has had on the healthcare industry. Typically,
they are inundated with recruiting offers, but that has been less the case this year due to Covid-19.”
Little Interest in Rural Areas.
The survey conveys some bad news for rural communities, which traditionally have had a difficult time attracting physicians. None of the residents surveyed would prefer to practice in communities of 10,000 people or fewer, and only three percent would
prefer to practice in communities of 25,000 people or fewer.
The survey also indicates that the plurality of newly trained physicians would prefer to be employed by a hospital, while only one percent would prefer a solo practice setting.
“The days of new doctors hanging out a shingle in an independent solo practice are over,” Florence said. “Most new doctors prefer to be employed rather than deal with the financial uncertainty and time demands of private practice.”
Merritt Hawkins’ 2021 Survey of
Final-Year Medical Residents should be considered non-scientific in nature. Responses to the survey were down this year relative to previous years, possibly due to disruptions related to Covid-19. Caution should be taken when extrapolating results of the survey to all final-year medical residents.
Merritt, Hawkins’ 2019 Survey of Final-Year Medical Residents can be accessed at
www.merritthawkins.com or by calling (800) 876-0500.
About Merritt Hawkins and AMN
Merritt Hawkins is the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm and is a company of AMN Healthcare (
www.amnhealthcare.com), the leader and innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services to healthcare facilities across the nation.
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