Primary Care Physician Vacancies are Increasing: Report

The number of physician vacancies increased by 40% last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recently released study by the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment.

The Physician and Provider Recruitment Benchmarking Report, released in October, also found that primary care specialties remain the most “sought-after” positions by they 150 national health care organizations and systems that participated in the annual research study.

“We fully anticipate physician shortage numbers to rise, as the findings in this report reflect just the tip of the COVID iceberg,” said AAPPR President Emerson R. Moses. “The industry was trending toward a severe shortage before the pandemic which has only accelerated the desire to retire for some, and a potential loss of employment for a percentage of others who may not comply with the vaccine mandate at federally funded health systems across the U.S. The field of physician recruitment has never been easy, and it’s about to get a lot harder.”

The Report, while alarming, should be encouraging for physicians looking to retrain as primary care physicians. The Physician Retraining & Reentry program, founded to address the primary care physician shortage, offers physicians of all specialties and places in their careers the opportunity to train as primary care physicians. Learn more by filling out the form below or giving us a call!

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