New Rural Physician Recruitment Survey Shows Hope for Rural Healthcare Facilities to Make Progress in Resolving Their Physician Staffing Challenges
The U.S. continues to face a severe physician shortage, and unfortunately, the impact of this is often multiplied in rural communities. Around the country, “healthcare deserts” exist, meaning that people who live in rural locations – a disproportionate number of whom live under the poverty level and in poorer health – often must travel long distances to seek anything from routine care to treatment for chronic conditions.
With that in mind, Jackson Physician Search and LocumTenens.com fielded this new research in October 2021, asking 1,311 physicians, 169 administrators, as well as 158 advanced practice providers, a series of questions to better understand the specific dynamics of working in rural, urban and suburban healthcare settings and what could be done to entice more providers to go rural. Of particular interest is sentiment broken down by the needs and desires of physicians by each generation, and our recommendations for recruitment and retention that take these differences into account.
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This White Paper Includes:
- Physicians’ sentiments on what they want in a permanent rural opportunity
- Physicians’ views on rural locum tenens and recommendations for its strategic use
- A snapshot of how COVID is impacting physician retirements and rural recruitment
- Tips to more efficiently and effectively recruit physicians to rural healthcare by addressing key generational differences when marketing job opportunities