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More female docs means more part-time practitioners


There’s a demographic shift going on in the physician community, as well as in the country, according to a study by the American Medical Group Association. Doctors who are most likely to retire are men; their replacements are most likely to be women, according to the 2012 Physician Retention Survey.

“This dynamic is clearly illustrated in the changing gender mix of participating medical groups,” says the study, the data for which were collected by Cejka Search in an e-mail survey of 2,174 group practices conducted from October 2012 through January 2013.

Number of employed doctors, by gender

Cost per genome

Source: 2012 Physician Retention Survey, American Medical Group Association, and Cejka Search, March 2013

All physician group sizes affected

This shift presents some challenges because “female physicians are 2.5 percent more likely to practice on a less-than-full-time schedule, with 13 percent of all male physicians practicing less than full-time, and 33 percent of all female physicians practicing less than full-time.”

What percentage of physicians practice part-time in your medical group?

Cost per genome

Source: 2012 Physician Retention Survey, American Medical Group Association, and Cejka Search, March 2013

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