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Medscape Reports New Survey Shows COVID Tied to Big Turnover of Docs

March 11, 2021

A Year of COVID Tied to Big Turnover Among Employed Docs: Survey

Expect more turnover among employed physicians, says Jackson Physician Search, a leading recruitment firm. And the turmoil in the field is at least partly due to the extra burden the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on clinicians, according to new survey data.

Based on survey responses from 400 practicing physicians and 86 administrators of healthcare organizations, a Jackson report finds that 54% of employed doctors are ready to make major career decisions. Of those physicians, 50% said they’re planning to switch employers; 21% are opting for early retirement, and 15% intend to quit medicine. The rest have other plans.

Thirty percent of the administrators said they’d already lost physicians during the pandemic. Coupling that with the physician responses to other questions, the Jackson report commented, “It appears a mass exit of talent is yet to come.”

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