Residency Survey Offers Insight into Practice Preferences of Family Medicine Residents

Family Medicine Physician Residency Survey

"Family medicine residents represent one of the most sought-after groups of professionals in the United States — if not the most sought after."

So state the authors of Staff Care's latest survey of the trends shaping today's healthcare workforce. In the recently released 2015 Survey of Family Medicine Residents, Staff Care's team of thought leaders offer an analysis of the practice preferences and perspectives of family practice physician residents, providing data that has immediate applications to today's "healthcare facility managers, policy makers, media members and others who track physician workforce and staffing trends."

Culled from data collected by a voluntary survey conducted at the 2015 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students held in Kansas City, the new survey's focus isn't just the preferences of family medicine residents but also their interest in and knowledge of locum tenens as a practice style.

Family Practice Residency Survey: Only 4% Have Accepted Offers

As the nation's most prominent locum tenens staffing firm, Staff Care can report that we receive "more requests for primary care physicians, particularly family medicine physicians, than for any other type of doctor," as the survey explains. "Primary care physicians have been Staff Care’s most requested staffing assignment for five consecutive years, including 2015, and that trend is not likely to abate soon.

"Primary care physicians also are essential to the implementation of 'convenient care,' a growing model of care delivery offered by urgent care centers, retail clinics, community health centers and other outpatient sites of service," the authors add. "The nation’s 8,441 family medicine residents, all of whom will soon be entering the job market, therefore are a coveted resource."

Given this enormous demand for family medicine physicians throughout the United States, the usefulness of better understanding the practitioners who serve this role becomes clear.

"The majority of family medicine residents surveyed, 55% of whom will complete their programs in 2016, are still undecided about their first jobs," the survey explains. "Fifty percent said they have put little to no time into considering job offers, 36% said they have considered job offers but have not interviewed, 10% said they have interviewed but have not accepted a job offer, and only 4% have accepted offers."

Other noteworthy findings from the survey include:

  • What best describes your current job plans post-residency? (Top answer: "I have put little to no time into considering job offers.")
  • What best describes your attitude toward your first job post-residency? (Top answer: "I'll consider jobs in a wide number of locations.")
  • What practice setting would you prefer to work in? (Top answers: Group practice, community health centers, and academic medical center.)

> Download Staff Care's 2015 Survey of Family Medicine Residents here.

The survey is the latest addition to Staff Care's library of healthcare staffing insights, following on the heels of the 2015 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends and a plethora of recent white papers. We welcome you to browse all of our healthcare staffing resources here.

Staff Care is dedicated to helping you find the right solutions for your healthcare staffing needs. If you're interested in learning more about our services and how we can help you, please contact us here, or fill out a staffing request form today.



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