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New White Paper Tracks Recruiting Trends In Family Medicine

November 02, 2018

New White Paper Tracks Recruiting Trends In Family Medicine

By Phillip Miller


Family medicine is on a roll.


As noted in Merritt Hawkins’ Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives, 2018 marked the 12th consecutive year that family medicine topped our list of most in-demand medical specialties.


There are a variety of reasons why family medicine physicians are in such high demand. One of these is changing patient demographics. The U.S. population is growing rapidly and is expected to reach 380 million people by 2040, according to demography experts at the University of Virginia, while growth in the physician workforce is not keeping pace. The population also is aging and therefore generating more physician visits per capita. New delivery models that emphasize primary-care led teams of health professionals charged with managing the care of whole populations are another factor contributing to demand for family physicians. A third trend is the growing demand for outpatient care in settings like urgent care centers, which often are staffed by family physicians.


These trends and a range of others are examined in a new Merritt Hawkins white paper entitled Family Medicine Recruiting Trends and Recommendations. The white paper reviews the various factors shaping current family medicine supply and demand dynamics, discusses the evolving roles family physicians are playing in today’s health system, and looks at the salaries and other incentives being used to recruit family doctors. The white paper concludes with recommendations for how hospitals, medical groups, and other healthcare facilities can successfully recruit family physicians in a highly competitive environment.


If you would like a copy of this new resource, you can download it here and I welcome any comments you may have regarding challenges and solutions in family medicine recruiting. 


Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, companies of AMN Healthcare, the nation’s leading healthcare workforce solutions company. He can be reached at phil.miller@amnhealthcare.com.

 


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