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Addressing the Physician Shortage--Who's Doing What?
Date:9/10/2008

he hospital sizes varied from under 50 beds to over 200 beds. The service areas ranged from under 50,000 residents to well over 500,000. In terms of community type, 49% of hospitals were situated in rural areas, and almost 30% were located in urban areas.

Three-fourths of the respondents were associated with not-for-profit hospitals, and 10% were affiliated with for-profit hospitals. Twenty percent indicated that their hospital was a teaching institution, versus 67% that said theirs was not a teaching facility.

What means are hospitals taking to address the physician shortage? Here are some significant survey findings:

  • 26% of respondents noted that their facilities promote job sharing among doctors, with some programs involving 16 or more physicians.

  • Using locum tenens (temporary) physicians provided helpful relief for 20% of hospitals represented.

  • To achieve permanent hires, 40% of hospitals rely on regular visits to residency programs to source new physicians.

  • 61% mentioned relying on professional referrals for sourcing candidates as being particularly beneficial.

  • Increasingly popular with job seekers, web-based employment postings were favorably rated by 74% of survey respondents.

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