- November 6th 2012
A greater number of older patients has increased demand for primary care doctors while an aging physician population has dampened the supply. The situation, amplified by a growing emphasis on primary care services, is making primary care physician jobs more difficult to fill, according to physician recruiters.
“We’re seeing a shift back to the importance of primary care, but there are not enough of them,” said Shelley Tudor, a board member of the Assn. of Staff Physician Recruiters. “Health systems have to take a different approach to recruiting.”
Primary care physician positions took 151 days to fill in 2011, up from 125 in 2010 and 115 in 2009, according to the annual benchmarking report the Assn. of Staff Physician Recruiters released Oct. 10. About 150 in-house recruiters with hospitals, health systems and large medical groups participate each year. These staffers usually work to attract physicians for employed positions, although they sometimes have independent pos [Read more]