Demand for Medical Specialists on the Rise, Survey Says
August 15, 2018
For the past 12 years, family care physicians have topped the list of the most in-demand medical professionals in the US, according to an annual healthcare staffing survey by Merritt Hawkins, a Dallas-based physician recruiter and staffing firm. But the latest such survey shows that demand for doctors in multiple specialties is on the rise. In fact, the 2018 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives report reveals that 74 percent of search assignments over the past 12 months were for specialists – up from 67 percent three years ago.
Driving the demand for medical specialists are three primary factors. First, Baby Boomers increasingly are hitting a medically vulnerable age, keeping cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, pulmonologists and others who treat typically age-related conditions busy. Second, poor nutrition and lifestyle choices are boosting rates of obesity, diabetes and mental health issues, creating a patient population whose treatment depends largely on specialists. The final factor has nothing to do with patient populations or choices, but rather the cyclical nature of the physician employment market. For years, hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities focused on recruiting primary care physicians. Now, the pendulum has swung the other way and emphasis is on filling gaps in the need for specialists.
The survey, conducted between April 2017 and March 2018, is based a sample of 3,045 clinician search assignments. If you’re a medical student considering adopting a practice specialty, here are the top 20 most requested assignment searches by medical specialty:
- Family Medicine
- Nurse Practitioner
- Internal Medicine
- Urgent Care
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Emergency Medicine
- Physician Assistant
No matter which, if any, specialty you choose, medical school and practice will undoubtedly be highly competitive. To assure you’re primed for success, consider enrolling at St. Augustine, FL-based WOLFPACC. Call 904-209-3140 or visit WOLFPACC.com to find out how we can help.