4 findings on active physicians

A new data report from the Association of American Medical Colleges sheds light on the active U.S. physician workforce.

The report's findings on active physicians are based on data from the American Medical Association, as well as U.S. Census bureau population estimates.

Four findings in 2017:

1. Female physicians comprised 35.2 percent of the active U.S. physician workforce.

2. The primary care specialties of internal medicine (115,557), family medicine/general practice (113,514) and pediatrics (58,435) had the largest numbers of active physicians.

3. Less than half of active physicians (44.1 percent) were age 55 or older.

4. Child and adolescent psychiatry (57.8 percent), family medicine/general practice (56.1 percent) and psychiatry (55.7 percent) had the highest percentages of active physicians practicing in the same state where they completed graduate medical education. Sports medicine (orthopedic surgery) (26 percent), thoracic surgery (29.4 percent) and neurological surgery (33.5 percent) had the lowest percentages.

Access the full report here.


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