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Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2014

Nearly 70% of organizations searched for a family medicine physician in 2013. The percentage of primary care positions that go unfilled every year "continues to be a problem," says an Association of Staff Physician Recruiters executive.

The demand for primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses continues to grow, and hospitals are beefing up recruiting efforts as the competition intensifies, the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters reports.

ASPR's just-released benchmark survey details more than 5,000 physician and advanced practice nurse searches by 145 healthcare organizations across the country in 2012-2013.

As in previous years, primary care continues to be in high demand. Nearly 70% of organizations searched for a family medicine physician in 2013; the most common physician search, followed by hospital medicine and internal medicine.


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Half of all family medicine and internal medicine positions went unfilled. The percentage of unfilled positions for both of these primary care specialties grew over the prior year with rates increasing from 36% to 47% for family medicine and from 41% to 52% for internal medicine positions, ASPR said.

"I don't think there are any surprises with primary care continuing to be the top searches for both physicians and advanced practice providers. The percentage of positions that go unfilled every year continues to be a problem," says ASPR Executive Director Jennifer Metivier.

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3 comments on "Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013"


Myrna Jordan (9/2/2014 at 2:42 PM)
I whole heartedly agree that more part time jobs would help solve this problem. Work life balance is something that is really needed, especially by mothers.

George heffner (8/31/2014 at 5:14 AM)
Always a matter of price

John Jones, MD (8/22/2014 at 3:08 PM)
Not suprising - if more part-time positions were available,this wouldn't be such a problem. Many women go in to primary care and many can't or don't want to work the 60-80 hours a week a full-time job entails. MORE PART-TIME WORK OPPORTUNITIES IS PART OF THE SOLUTION!!!