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Survey: New Doctors Receive Dozens of Job Solicitations
Date:9/11/2008

But 18% Would Choose Another Field

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 90 percent of newly minted physicians received at least ten job solicitations during their training, and 80 percent received two dozen or more solicitations, according to a new survey conducted by Merritt, Hawkins & Associates, a national physician search firm based in Irving, Texas and a division of AMN Healthcare.

"Like blue chip athletes, new doctors are the subject of intense recruiting efforts," notes Mark Smith, president of Merritt, Hawkins & Associates. "There are simply not enough physicians coming out of training to fill all the available openings."

The Merritt, Hawkins survey asked 290 physicians in their final year of training how many times they had been contacted by recruiters seeking to interest them in jobs. Ninety-four percent said that they had received 10 or more job solicitations during the course of their training, while 80 percent said they had received 26 or more job solicitations. Forty percent said they had received over 50 job solicitations, while six percent said they had received over 100 job solicitations.

According to Smith, a national physician shortage is likely responsible for the large number of job solicitations directed at new doctors. The number of new physicians being trained in the United States has remained flat for over 20 years while the general population has become both larger and, on average, older, driving the need for doctors upward. As a result, newly trained physicians in almost all specialties are in high demand.

Despite a favorable job market, however, some new doctors are unhappy about their choice of a profession, according to Smith. The survey asked new doctors if they would study medicine if they had their education to do over again, or if they would select another field. While 82 percent said they would select medicine, nearly one in five (18 percent) said they would select
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