Physician Relocation Trends
Every quarter our firm collects and analyzes data on where physicians are accepting jobs. Through this collection we are able to see physician relocation trends between 2009 and 2016. It is always interesting to see the changes and trends that emerge. Here is a recap of our most recent findings and information on how to download the full report.
This quarter, the majority of placements were made in hospital department and FQHC/rural clinics. More physicians are looking to align themselves with groups and larger entities to escape the uncertainties of managing their own practice under the new health law.
Also, we see more aggressive recruiting from FQHCs and rural health clinics as they grow to address exacerbated shortages in their areas. Nationally, nearly 62 million people – 20% of the US population – experience inadequate or no access to primary care because of shortages of these physicians in their communities. The shortage is not with primary care alone, as of January 2015, HRSA had designated 4,071 Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (MHPSAs), including one or more in each state.
60% of providers placed this quarter will relocate for new positions, compared to 73% in 2009. 79% of candidates received relocation assistance with an average amount of $8,900. Relocation bonuses offered were typically higher in the Western United States – places like Montana, Oregon, and Arizona. In the last three months, 51% of candidates moved to the Western United States, 18% moved to the East and Midwest regions, and 9% moved to the Southeast.
See more of our placement trends report by filling out the form below. Data includes most in-demand specialties, placements by experience, and more.