April 1, 2016

Counting Physicians in Specialties: By What They Do or How They Train?

The number of actively practicing physicians and the number of physicians needed to meet demand in a particular specialty area depend on how physicians are counted (for example, area of training vs area of practice). The way physicians are counted has a major impact on our understanding of specialty shortages in particular areas and policy decisions.

This article examines the specific ways in which changes in how physicians are counted and categorized impacts our understanding of workforce shortages in certain specialties.

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