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Benchmark Report Highlights Trends in Physician Recruitment
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St. Paul, MN, September 25, 2013 — The Association for Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) recently released a physician recruitment benchmarking report that highlights continued strong demand for primary care providers and difficulty in recruiting certain physician specialties.

“The ASPR 2013 In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report provides national trends for the physician recruitment industry,” says Jennifer Metivier, executive director of ASPR. “It includes metrics on nearly 5,000 physician and advanced practice provider searches conducted in 2012 by in-house physician recruitment professions employed by healthcare organizations across the country.”

This year’s Report indicates that primary care providers continue to be in high demand. Nearly 70% of responding organizations searched for a Family Medicine provider in 2012. Other top searches for physicians included Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, all amongst the primary care ranks. Advanced practice providers were also highly sought after with this group, making up more than 17% of all searches. Approximately 38% of Nurse Practitioner searches and 43% of Physician Assistant searches were specifically for primary care.

Nearly 33% of open positions remained unfilled at year’s end, leaving many communities without enough physicians to provide the healthcare they need. There was a statistically significant difference in the percent of open positions in organizations located in populations of 10,000 or less (34.9%) versus those located in populations of more than 500,000 (29.5%). Specialties that were least likely to be filled were Dermatology, Infectious Disease, OB/GYN subspecialties, Endocrinology/Metabolism and Neurology.

Approximately 63% of the reported searches were for Hospital/Integrated Delivery Systems, while only 13% were for physician-owned practices, emphasizing the shift in physician employment models in recent years.

A review of physician turnover shows a steady increase over the past three years. The rate moved from 5.6% in 2010, to 6.3% in 2011, to 7.2% in 2012. “This trend is not surprising,” says Metivier. “With the improvement in the economy and the housing market, we’re seeing more physicians being able to relocate or retire, resulting in increased turnover.”

The Report provides additional metrics on variables such as time to fill, interview to hire ratios, average number of searches per recruiter, recruiter compensation and departmental expense data, which is stratified by organization type, population, geography and other factors. This data enables healthcare organizations to evaluate and improve upon their provider recruitment processes and success rates.

For more information regarding the ASPR 2013 In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report, visit

About ASPR: The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR), a professional organization for in-house physician recruitment professionals, is the leading authority on physician recruitment and retention. ASPR’s members are employed by hospitals, clinics, physician practices, academic medical centers, and managed care organizations from across the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit, on LinkedIn, or on Facebook.

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