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Recruiting Physicians in Rural America

By: LocumTenens.com | Updated on April 11, 2022

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A new survey from Jackson Physician Search and LocumTenens.com – both part of the Jackson Healthcare® family of companies – shows hope for rural healthcare organizations to make progress in resolving their physician staffing challenges.

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We surveyed physicians currently working in urban, suburban and rural settings to better understand their specific needs and wants in regard to choosing to practice in a rural location. Interestingly, 72% of urban and suburban physicians reported they would be open to considering ‘trying out’ rural medicine via a locum tenens assignment. Not only does this strategy fill gaps in coverage in the short run, but it could present another path towards permanent recruitment.

We also surveyed administrators to learn where there is and is not alignment with physicians. The key for administrators is to better address the specific needs and wants of physicians, which this report makes clear are often influenced by current practice location and generation.

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