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Physicians and APs: There is No Shortage of Jobs for You

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The latest figures on the physician-shortage crisis show in stark detail just how hurting the United States is for primary-care and internal-medicine physicians.

According to the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters, “The demand for primary-care physicians and advanced-practice nurses continues to grow, and hospitals are beefing up recruiting efforts as the competition intensifies,” writes John Commins over at HealthLeaders Media. “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 percent of organizations searched for a family-medicine physician in 2013; the most common physician search, followed by hospital medicine and internal medicine.”

Here’s the kicker: 50 percent of the family medicine and internal medicine jobs have yet to be filled, Commins reports. In fact, in the last year, “the percentage of unfilled positions for both of these primary-care specialties grew over the prior year with rates increasing from 36 percent to 47 percent for family medicine and from 41 percent to 52 percent for internal-medicine positions.”

And advanced practitioners, demand for your services is also increasing in the wake of such staggering shortages.

According to the article, ASPR reported that “[m]ore than 19 percent of all searches were for advanced-practice providers. Approximately 71 percent of nurse practitioner and 50 percent of physician assistant searches were specifically for primary care, an increase from 38 percent and 43 percent respectively in the prior year.”

Finally: “The survey found that the median number of provider searches conducted per organization increased from 20 to 26, the median number of in-house physician recruitment staff per organization doubled from one to two people, and annual recruitment budgets rose from a median $245,000 to $321,000 from 2012 to 2013.”

In other words, healthcare organizations are increasing their focus on recruitment and are offering various incentives, such as sign-on bonuses, student-loan payback assistance, and relocation assistance to attract you.

As physicians and advanced practitioners looking for jobs, have you noticed the increase in recruitment efforts? What kind of leverage does the physician-shortage crisis give you in your job hunt?

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