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New White Paper: The Renewed Demand for Radiologists

May 31, 2019

The Renewed Demand for Radiologists

By Phillip Miller, Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins

Physician recruiting trends seem to go in cycles.

For example, approximately 15 years ago, there was a virtual feeding frenzy for radiologists, as hospitals, medical groups and other facilities nationwide sought physicians to read and interpret a growing number of x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and other diagnostic images. For several years, radiology topped Merritt Hawkins’ list of our most requested type of search assignments.

Demand for radiologists subsequently diminished, due in part to cuts in reimbursement for radiology services and to the recession, which significantly inhibited utilization of imaging services, particularly those associated with elective procedures.

In 2012, radiology dropped out of Merritt Hawkins’ list of top 20 most requested search assignments altogether.

Now, it’s back. Radiology reentered our top 20 list in 2016, and in the 2018 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives, it ranked fourth among our top physician recruiting assignments, trailing only family medicine, psychiatry and internal medicine.

Why the resurgence? That’s just one of the questions answered in Merritt Hawkins’ new white paper entitled Radiology Recruitment Trends and Recommendations.

This new report traces the history of radiology, education and training pathways in the specialty, subspecialties, work settings, supply and demand projections, and current levels of compensation for radiologists.  It also features recommendations for recruiting these in-demand specialists, including a section on recruiting radiologists into academic settings.

The paper offers insights that may be useful to anyone seeking radiologists in today’s competitive market, to those who track staffing trends, and to radiologists themselves.  It is part of Merritt Hawkins’ White Paper Series on recruiting dynamics in various medical specialties.

Download your copy today:

Radiology Recruiting Trends and Recommendations

About the author:

Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, companies of AMN Healthcare.  He can be reached at

MERRITT HAWKINS is the nation’s leading physician recruitment and staffing search firm, and a recognized thought leader in the healthcare staffing industry.


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