MMS Physician Workforce Study: 2010

The Massachusetts Medical Society's ninth annual Physician Workforce Study found that 10 physician specialties in Massachusetts are operating under severe labor market conditions.

  • Dermatology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family medicine
  • General surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Psychiatry
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

Physician Workforce Study
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This is the fifth straight year that the MMS workforce study has identified primary care as being in short supply.

In other findings:

  • Practices' ability to retain existing physicians has worsened, but department chiefs at teaching hospitals and medical staff presidents of community hospitals report that retention issues have improved over time.
  • Difficulty in filling job vacancies has improved slightly over the last few years, according to the department chiefs of teaching hospitals. However, vacancy rates still remain well above those for all occupations in Massachusetts.
  • Physician shortages have increasingly impacted the provision of services and staffing patterns according at physician practices and community hospitals, while teaching hospitals and medical groups have seen improvements in these areas over time.
  • Internists and family medicine physicians report the longest appointment wait times for new patients.
  • Physician satisfaction shows signs of improvement. However, a high ratio of physicians are dissatisfied for reasons such as uncompetitive income levels, the tradeoff between patient care and administrative tasks, professional liability fees and the fear of being sued.

Full Report (.pdf, 120 pages)

Executive Summary (.pdf, 15 pages)

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