The number of surgical procedures performed each year is once again showing an upward trend, especially as more patients join the ranks of the insured. As healthcare facilities work to keep up with demand, they are using more locum tenens surgeons to fill any critical gaps in staffing, covering general surgery and many subspecialties.
Current statistics on general surgeons in the United States:
- 20,965 general surgeons currently work in patient care1
- 78% are male; 22% female1
- 20% are working in a medical group1
- 48% are 55 or older1 meaning half are close to retirement
- Their average annual starting salary is $336,0001
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Where does surgery rank? Among the healthcare facilities that used locum tenens physicians over the last year, 12% of them were seeking surgeons, according to the 2013 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends conducted by Staff Care. In fact, surgeons were the fourth-most-needed providers, following primary care, behavioral health and inpatient medicine.
Other data sources: 1American Medical Association Master File, 2Merritt Hawkins’ 2013 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives.