The Medical Group Management Association’s most recent MGMA Stat poll asked healthcare leaders, “Is your org planning to hire for new physician positions in 2021?”
- 72% said yes.
- 28% said no.
The poll was conducted March 9, 2021, with 1,063 applicable responses.
Among those who said “yes,” the most common physician specialties were:
- Family medicine (31%)
- OB/GYN (13%)
- Orthopedics (11%)
- Internal medicine (9%)
- Pediatrics (8%).
Measuring the physician market
The market for physicians in 2021 was already defined by projected shortages in the coming years, as well as a string of unexpected retirements in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons, as noted in the March 2 MGMA Stat poll.
With more than one in four healthcare leaders reporting an unexpected physician retirement, the potential for hiring seems much higher in 2021 than in recent memory. In an average year, approximately 6% to 7% of the physician workforce changes jobs or location, according to Jackson Physician Search.
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