physicians

Crain’s Health Pulse

Physicians completing residencies at New York hospitals are having little trouble finding work, with 94% of doctors searching for work saying they had at least one offer in 2018, according to a survey by University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies.

The annual questionnaire showed that half the doctors finishing residencies were women, while only 15% were black, Hispanic or American Indian compared with 33% of the U.S. population.

“We’ve made some great progress filling a gender gap, but we still have a ways to go with recruiting more underrepresented minorities into medicine,” said Jean Moore, director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies.

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Ithaca.com

An innovative training program bringing medical residents to Cayuga Medical Center in 2019 for their residencies will help attract new primary care physicians to the region. With more primary care physicians, patients will find it easier to schedule medical visits and enroll as new patients with medical practices…

…Tompkins and nearby counties face a growing shortage of primary care physicians. A 2017 study by the School of Public Health at the State University of New York at Albany found large differences in where primary care physicians practice in the eight-county Southern Tier region. The area’s urban counties of Tompkins, Broome and Chemung have one primary care physician for about every 900 residents. In the region’s five rural counties, there is one primary care physician for about every 1,700 residents. Community health planners predict a growing shortage of primary care doctors in all Southern Tier counties as the region’s existing physicians retire, and its demographics shift to an older population needing more primary health care services.

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LI Herald

Keeping up with demand for highly skilled nurses has not been easy for many hospitals, though. Long-term shortages have plagued the profession in the past, according to a 2016 study by the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. Demand is expected to become increasingly acute in the coming decades.

The first baby boomers turned 65 in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The baby-boom generation, born between 1946 and 1963, was, until the millennials, the largest generation in U.S. history. As of 2014, there were some 76.4 million boomers, according to the census.

Never before has the U.S. seen such a large generation of people growing older. On top of that, exponential advances in medical technology are expected to keep boomers alive longer than previous generations.

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U.S  News & World Report

When hospital administrators insist on paying male physicians more money – even when female physicians have more experience, credentials and training – maybe it’s a reflex, like the knee-hammer test.

Time and time again, women physicians receive smaller salaries and lower signing bonuses than men, says Dr. Roberta Gebhard, president-elect of the American Medical Women’s Association and co-chair of AMWA’s gender equity task force.

In her task force role, Gebhard hears from women physicians, including full professors, who mentor male medical students only to learn they’re already earning much more straight out of their residency programs. She’s suffered from blatant pay inequities in her own career.

Pay gaps between newly trained male and female physicians aren’t only persisting – they’re growing, according to an analysis by the Center for Health Workforce Studies using data from the annual New York Resident Exit Survey.

On average, male physicians’ starting income was some $26,000 more than females’ in 2016. This gap was less than $10,000 in 2005, then up to nearly $12,000 by 2010. Gender wage gaps also showed up by specialty. Women dermatologists earned nearly $80,000 less, cardiologists earned about $64,000 less and emergency medicine physicians about $35,000 less than their early-career male counterparts.

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Health Affairs

In many ways, health-sector jobs helped the US economy recover from the financial crisis of 2007–08: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), between 2006 and 2016, 2.8 million jobs were added to the health sector at a rate of growth almost seven times faster than the rest of the economy. Over the decade, jobs in health care settings grew more the 20 percent, while jobs in the remainder of the economy only grew 3 percent. Although the BLS projects that the rate of growth in jobs in health care settings will decrease slightly in the decade from 2016 to 2026, the projected growth of jobs in health care settings (18 percent) will continue to be far more rapid than in the remainder of the economy, which is projected to grow at a rate of 6 percent. Thus, health care jobs are still projected to grow at three times the rate of the rest of the economy during the next decade.

Every two years the BLS publishes 10-year occupational and industry projections for employment in the US. The data cover hundreds of occupations and settings. The BLS also provides historical data on employment trends over the prior decade. To make the relevant data on health occupations and settings more accessible to the health community, the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) provides a report summarizing and analyzing the data for the health sector and health occupations. The CHWS report on the 2016–26 projections was recently released and has a wealth of interesting data. This posting provides some of the highlights of the recent BLS data from the CHWS report.

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ASPPH

According to a new report by the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the University at Albany School of Public Health, health care employment grew by nearly 21 percent between 2006 and 2016, compared to only 3 percent job growth in all other employment sectors…

“This study finds that health care employment continues to be an important economic driver in the U.S.,” noted Dr. Robert Martiniano, CHWS Senior Program Manager. “The analysis also reflects changes in the health care delivery system, with more job growth in ambulatory and home care settings compared to hospitals.”…

…Dr. Jean Moore, CHWS director, states, “This report describes trends in health care employment that can help health care providers, educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders better understand current and future demand for health care workers.”  She also asserts that, “Changes underway in health care delivery and financing could impact future demand for health workers. Consequently, it is important to routinely monitor health care employment trends and projections.”

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Times Telegram

Sen. Charles Schumer wants to take action to forestall a growing shortage of physicians.

He visited Oneida Healthcare on Friday to call for passage of the Physician Shortage Act of 2018, which would create 15,000 more Medicare-supported training slots for medical residents. The number of doctors trained in this country is limited by the number of available residencies…

…Jean Moore, director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University at Albany, took a more nuanced view of the bill. To some extent, physician shortages are in the eye of the beholder, she said.

“That’s a trick question,” she said. “There’s a lot of different answers depending on your perspective on that. We need to find ways to use the people that we have more efficiently and to recognize that a lot of times when we talk shortage, it’s really maldistribution.”

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Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health

Researchers at the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) analyzed starting salary trends for physicians who completed graduate medical education (GME) training in New York over the past 15 years. Using data drawn from its annual Resident Exit Survey, researchers found that despite the growing percentage of women completing training in the state’s GME programs, pay gaps between newly trained male and female physicians persist and are in fact widening. Findings from this study are detailed in a recent research brief, “Gender Pay Gaps Widen for Newly Trained Physicians.

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Pharmacy Choice

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today launched a major effort to urge his colleagues in both the Senate and House of Representatives to immediately pass the Physician Shortage Act of 2017. Schumer explained that this critical legislation will add 15,000 more Medicare-supported residency training slots for doctors, helping to ensure teaching hospitals can train enough physicians to meet the growing demands for physicians as our nation is already in the midst of a doctor shortage. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. is expected to face a shortage of up to 43,100 primary care physicians and 61,800 specialty physicians by 2030…

…Additionally, a recent major report for the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWSNY) found that providers are unevenly distributed across New York, with the Southern Tier often having far fewer physicians than it needs.

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Becker’s Hospital Review

For newly trained physicians in New York, the pay gap between men and women is growing, with male physicians making nearly $27,000 more on average in their starting incomes than their female counterparts, according to the Center for Health Workforce Studies.

“As has been observed in the general labor workforce, even as women have become a greater proportion of physicians in the workforce, the gender disparity in income has persisted and is growing,” the study authors wrote.

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