The Supply and Distribution of Physicians in New York
The Center recently completed its annual profile of the supply and distribution of physicians licensed in New York. The study found that while New York experienced an overall increase in the supply of physicians between 2002 and 2006, several upstate regions saw little growth in their physician supply over that time period. The report also found that underrepresented minorities (Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians) made up only 10 percent of the physician supply in 2006, despite the increasing diversity of New York’s population. This report is available at: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?nyphysicians.
The Health Workforce in New York: Trends in the Supply and Demand for Health Workers
The Center routinely monitors annual health care employment patterns as well as other indicators of the supply of and demand for health workers by occupation and by setting in New York and has just released the most recent report of this research. The study found that health care providers statewide continue to experience problems recruiting and retaining registered nurses, as well as workers in an increasing number of other health occupations. To view the report, go to: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?nys_track.
New York Resident Exit Survey: Preliminary Findings
In order to better understand the demand for physicians and outcomes of training in New York, the Center conducts an annual survey of all physicians completing a residency or fellowship training program in the state (the Resident Exit Survey). In 2007, two new questions were added to the survey for 2007 to learn more about 1) why new physicians were leaving the state, and 2) what approaches were used in job searches. The Center produced a summary brief of responses to these questions. The two most common reasons for leaving New York were proximity to family (26%) and inadequate salary (21%). There was variation in response to this question by specialty. The full report will be available in late spring. To view the summary brief, go to: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?nys_exit.
Works in Progress…
New Jersey Physician Workforce Requirements Assessment
In 2007, the Center received support from the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals to conduct an assessment of the future supply of and demand for physicians in New Jersey through 2020. Using physician forecasting models developed by HRSA and adapted to incorporate data specific to New Jersey, the Center will apply a number of different supply and demand scenarios to estimate physician workforce requirements in New Jersey by sub-state region and by specialty. The Center anticipates releasing a report of this research by November 30, 2008.
Registered Nurse Re-registration Survey
The Center, in collaboration with the NYS Education Department and the NYS Department of Health, has launched a re-registration survey for all licensed RNs in the state. The purpose of this research is to monitor the nursing workforce in New York. Timely data on the supply and distribution of RNs in the state can inform programs and policies designed to increase the supply of active RNs in New York. For more information, contact Jean Moore at 518-402-0250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jean Moore, director of the Center, attended an international health workforce research symposium convened by the World Health Organization in Lisbon, Portugal in October. She presented a paper, “Foreign-Trained Registered Nurses in the Hospital Workforce in the Greater New York City Area,” that was based on an analysis of a hospital nurse survey recently conducted by the Center. The paper profiled foreign-trained RNs working in New York’s hospitals, including demographic and educational characteristics, employment characteristics, level of job satisfaction, future plans, and reasons for migrating.
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