The Supply and Distribution of the Preventive Medicine Physician Workforce

Authors: Thomas Ricketts, PhD, MPH | Deborah Porterfield, MD, MPH | Randall Miller, MD | Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP

Topics: Diversity, Staffing, Workforce Demand, Workforce Supply

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

June 7, 2021

Preventive medicine physicians work at the intersection of clinical medicine and public health. Previous reports on the state of the preventive medicine workforce revealed an ongoing decline in preventive medicine physicians and residents, but there have been few updates in recent years.

This article describes trends in both the number of board-certified preventive medicine physicians and those physicians who self-designate preventive medicine as a primary or secondary specialty, as well as the age, gender distribution, and geographic distribution of this workforce.

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