Residency Training Outcomes in New York, 2007
This report describes findings from the Center’s annual survey of physicians completing residency or fellowship training in New York. The survey inquires about residents’ demographic characteristics, practice plans, experiences in searching for a job, and impressions of the physician job market. New York retained about half of all new physicians in the state, although there were substantial differences by specialty. Unlike previous years, demand for primary care physicians (generalists) was comparable to demand for non-primary care physicians (specialists). Respondents planning to practice outside of New York were asked their reasons for leaving the state. The most commonly cited reasons were proximity to family (26 percent) and inadequate salary (21 percent). Thirteen percent (13 percent) of respondents indicated that they never intended to practice in New York. To view the full report go to: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?nys_exit.
Podiatric Medicine Workforce Study
With support from the American Podiatric Medicine Association, the Center recently completed a study that estimated future supply of and demand for podiatric physicians in the U.S. The study found that the production of new podiatrists would have to expand dramatically to meet increasing demand for foot-related services created by the aging of the population and expected increases in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes. To view the report of this study, visit the Surveys page of the APMA Web site at: http://www.apma.org.
Enumeration of the Public Health Workforce in New York
The Center, in collaboration with the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Association of County Health Officials, recently completed a study of local public health workers in an effort to gain a better understanding of this workforce’s size, composition, and responsibilities. The study found that the local public health workforce was older than average and not as diverse as the population it serves. Also, a large number of workers age 55 and older reported retirement plans in the next five years and about 20% of workers younger than age 35 reported plans to leave the field of public health. Download the report: http://www.chwsny.org/download.php?f=1850bdf12d393cab48910cbb4a86ca0c.
Health Careers Web Site
The Center continues to expand its Health Careers Web site, with extensive information on nearly 50 health careers in New York, including general descriptions of health occupations and specific education and licensure requirements; listings of and electronic links to all educational programs in the state; the current number of individuals in the health occupation in New York; and forecasts from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on future job growth. The Web site is designed to be a guide for students, guidance counselors, health workers, or anyone interested in a career in health care. To visit the health careers Web site, go to: http://www.healthcareersinfo.net.
In an April 1 press release expressing gratitude to Governor Paterson and legislative leaders for including the Doctors Across New York initiative in the health budget for FY 2008-09, the Medical Society of the State of New York stated that according to data from the Center for Health Workforce Studies released in December 2006, there was a continuing downward spiral in New York in the number of practicing physicians in certain specialties, including Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Family Medicine, Thoracic Surgery, and Psychiatry.
A further analysis of these data comparing the supply of these specialties in 2001 to supply in 2005 reveals wide regional variation, with steep declines in some regions, offset by growth in supply in other regions. The most up-to-date information on physician supply and distribution in New York can be found in the 2007 edition of the Annual New York Physician Workforce Profile posted on the Center’s Web site at: http://www.chwsny.org/index.php?nyphysicians.
Works in Progress…
New York RN Forecasting Study
The Center is currently conducting a study to forecast future registered nursing supply and demand gaps in New York. The RN forecasting model, developed by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, has been adapted and applied to counties and county groups within New York, using 2005 as a base year and projecting through 2020. The goal of the study is to quantify RN supply and demand gaps in New York by locality over the 15-year period. A report of findings from this research will be released next month.
Jean Moore, director of the Center, participated in an orientation seminar sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization in Bridgetown, Barbados last winter. The seminar was targeted to data research teams conducting health workforce studies in territories and countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Ms. Moore’s presentation, “Monitoring the Health Workforce: Definitions, Sources, and Methods,” focused on approaches to data collection, measures of supply and demand, and dissemination strategies.
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