Actively Licensed Physicians Increased 12% Over The Past Six Years
A report released by the Federation of State Medical Boards found that the number of actively licensed physicians actually increased 12% over the past 6 years. The report found that from 2010 to 2016, the number of actively licensed physicians rose from 850,085 to 953,695. The FSMB notes that the physician-to-population ratio increased from 277 physicians per 100,000 people to 295 physicians per 100,000 people.
Though the number of actively licensed physicians increased the chair of the FSMB noted, “Many parts of our country are feeling the effects of an increasing physician shortage.” He continued noting that the report will do a great deal in determining how to combat the physician shortage. There are still tens of thousands of physician jobs to be filled in the United States.
Additionally, the report found that the number of female physicians also increased from 2010 to 2016. Over that 6 year period, the number of female physicians rose from 30% to 34%. Finally, the number of US citizens who graduated from Caribbean medical schools increased by 95% from 2010 to 2016 from 11,037 to 21,519.