In 2015, the U.S. hit a turning point in which the demand for rheumatologists outpaced the supply of physicians. For many, this demand, which is on pace to increase 27% by 2020 and 45% by 2025, requires creative recruitment strategies to attract physicians to private practice.1
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Research suggests large, urban practices on the East and West coasts are more attractive to physicians, a trend witnessed by Herbert Baraf, MD, FACP, MACR, senior member and managing partner of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates with offices in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
“Our practice hasn’t had terrible challenges finding people, but we know there is a limited number of applicants,” Dr. Baraf says.
An estimated 200–240 rheumatology fellows graduate and seek positions each year. Many newly minted rheumatologists choose research or academic positions. More than half of individuals completing their fellowship are international medical graduates, many of whom return to their home countries. Others look for employment at hospitals, health systems or other institutional entities. Such numbers may leave only 50–70 new rheumatologists interested in private practice nationwide, he explains. Ultimately, the pool of applicants looking for private practice positions is relatively small.