Physician Recruiting and Staffing Services Done Right 

In today’s healthcare market, physician recruiting and staffing can be very difficult. Healthcare providers must ensure that quality patient care is their primary concern as they seek new physicians. These new physician must be able to thrive in team-based delivery models and otherwise excel in a rapidly changing environment, so finding the right physician recruiting and staffing company is an integral part of the process.

This physician recruiting challenge will become increasingly complex and difficult in the face of a growing physician shortage. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there will be a deficit of over 91,400 physicians by 2025, including shortages of both specialist and primary care physicians. 

One way to address the burgeoning physician staffing challenge is by harnessing the unrivalled expertise and resources of the nation’s leading physician recruitment and staffing search firm, Merritt Hawkins. Established in 1987, we are nationally acknowledged as the experts in the field of physician recruitment and staffing. As a division of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS), The Innovator in Healthcare Workforce Solutions, we are part of the largest healthcare workforce solutions company in the United States, with some 2,000 staffing professionals in offices nationwide. 


While physician recruitment and staffing can be an overwhelming task, Merritt Hawkins, as your trusted partner can find the best-qualified specialty physicians for your particular needs. Our staffing services include: 

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Permanent Physician Staffing, Recruitment and Consulting

Hospitals, medical groups, urgent care centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), government facilities and many other organizations nationwide depend on Merritt Hawkins to provide them with proven, effective physician recruitment, staffing and consulting services.

Regardless of the medical specialty, we offer comprehensive, results-oriented physician staffing by helping clients develop a physician recruitment plan tailored to their specific needs, and then carrying the plan through to completion. Our highly trained and professional physician recruiting personnel assist in crafting competitive incentive packages, outlining candidate sourcing strategies, screening, and interviewing, providing hands-on guidance until the search is completed. While our physician recruitment and staffing system includes a pervasive online presence, aggressive social media strategies, and personal mail, it is the commitment and professionalism of our physician recruitment consultants that helps our clients meet their staffing goals.


Advanced Practitioners- NP and PA Staffing and Recruitment

Merritt Hawkins puts the same methods and resources that we developed in physician staffing and recruitment to work for our clients seeking advanced practitioners, including those who require physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). PAs and NPs have become an increasingly important resource to healthcare facilities across the country who are experiencing medical staff shortages and to those implementing the team based concept of care.

Reasons to consider nurse practitioners and physician assistants include:

  • NPs and PAs can provide approximately 85% of physician services and work in multiple specialties
  • Over 87% of NPs work in primary care, a key shortage area
  • 67% of PAs work in specialty areas, many of which are in short supply
  • Over 90% of patients surveyed by the American Academy of Physician Assistants said having a PA at a practice makes it easier to get an appointment and improves patient outcomes
  • Cost effectiveness and availability

As delivery and payment models change, physician assistant and advance nurse practitioner recruitment and staffing services will play a key role in helping healthcare providers ensure patient compliance, maintain quality of care, and achieve cost effectiveness. PAs and NPs now represent Merritt Hawkins’ fifth most requested physician recruitment and staffing request, and this aspect of our service is growing rapidly.


To learn more about the physician recruitment and staffing services provided at Merritt Hawkins, please complete our client contact form, email us at or call (800) 876-0500.


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Explore our Academic Medicine Recruitment and Healthcare Executive Search Options 

Merritt Hawkins has a dedicated Department of Academics and Healthcare Executive Search as well as a unique Advisory Council to help clients overcome staffing challenges. With over 26 years of academic medicine recruiting and healthcare executive staffing experience, and an unrivalled reach into the physician market, we offer the most effective academic physician and healthcare executive search service in the industry.

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