The Massachusetts Medical Society's 13th annual Physician Workforce Study found that four physician specialties in Massachusetts in short supply:
- Family medicine
- Internal medicine
The study showed striking differences in physician recruitment and retention among the state’s five regional labor markets. With the Boston/Greater Boston market as a baseline for comparison, the study shows that it is three times as difficult to fill physician vacancies in the Pittsfield/Western Massachusetts market, twice as difficult in the Springfield market, and more than one-and-a-half times as difficult for the Worcester and New Bedford/Barnstable regions than it is for the Boston/Greater Boston region.