Healthcare Recruitment in Today’s Marketplace

Alpha Medical Group recently hosted a webinar on Healthcare Recruitment in Today's Marketplace. Here are some of the startling facts we discovered.

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Today’s Marketplace

A Recent Survey conducted by AMN of 285 Hospital CEO’s finds:

  • Hospital vacancy rate for Physicians is 10.7%
    • 86% of Hospital CEO’s state there is a “serious shortage” of Physicians in the US
    • 19% indicate the shortage already compromises quality of care
    • 70% state not enough physicians to meet the increased demand of proposed healthcare referrals
    • 86% indicate it is “somewhat or very difficult” to recruit physicians

Over 50% of physicians hired last year were hired directly by hospitals

  • Increased competition for same physician candidate pool

Physician Workforce Shortage

In 2008, Bureau of Labor statistics predicted a 22% increase in physician jobs by 2018.

AAMC Study Released September 2010:

  • For Primary Care, Surgical and Medical Sub-specialties:
    • 2015: Deficit of 62,900 physicians
    • 2020: Deficit of more than 91,500
  • For all others, up to 50% more than originally predicted

Critical Shortages

AAMC estimates that an additional 45,000 Primary Care Physicians will be needed by 2020 to keep up with demand

  • Only 20% of American Trained Medical Students will consider Primary Care as a career path

Current supply of Board Certified EP’s is 58% of required FTEs needed to staff all EDs in the US

24% of Pediatricians work part-time

Currently have 50% of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists needed

Today’s Candidate Pool

American Trained vs. International Medical Graduates

  • IMGs account for 25% of the US Physicians
  • IMGs account for 27% of current US Residents and Fellows

Board Certified vs. Not Board Certified

  • ABMS survey found 93% of patients thought Board Certification to be very important


  • 61% of physicians 55+ years of age have been named in a suit
    • 90% of Surgeons 55+ years old have been named

Interviewing: What Candidates Want

Recent Survey of 16,000 Medical Students Finds Most Appealing Practice Setting:

  • No Call
  • Work / Life Balance –Scheduled to work less than 46 hours per week
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Academic Link
  • Salary and Employed Positions

A Recent Survey Conducted by AAMC Finds

  • 71% indicate time off and work / life balance are most important
  • 66% will not work more hours for more money
  • 80% would work less hours for less / equal money
  • 60% want a salaried position

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