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Date:6/19/2008

cording to Smith, but the supply of such doctors is limited.

"Most American medical students simply are not interested in becoming family physicians," Smith says. "The majority of medical students who elect to train as family physicians today went to medical schools overseas."

The survey shows that a growing number of hospitals are employing physicians. Of the 3,146 physician search assignments reviewed in Merritt, Hawkins' report, 45 percent featured hospital employment, up from 19 percent three years ago. Traditionally, hospitals have recruited physicians on behalf of independent medical groups or have established physicians in solo practices, but that is changing, Smith observes.

"Many physicians today are overwhelmed by the pressures of running a private practice," Smith says. "As employees, they can turn the business side or their practice over to the hospital and focus on providing patient care."

A growing number of hospitals and medical groups are offering physicians signing bonuses as a recruiting incentive, the report indicates. Signing bonuses were offered in 74 percent of the search assignments Merritt, Hawkins conducted in the 12 month period examined in the report, up from 46 percent three years ago. A complete copy of the report is available on Merritt, Hawkins' web site at http://www.merritthawkins.com.

About Merritt, Hawkins & Associates

Merritt, Hawkins & Associates is the largest permanent placement physician search and consulting firm in the United States and specializes in the recruitment of physicians and advanced practice allied health care professionals. Established in 1987, Merritt, Hawkins & Associates is a division of AMN Healthcare, the nation's largest healthcare staffing company and the largest nationwide provider in all four of its business lines: travel nurse staffing, locum tenens staffing, physician permanent placement services and all
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