This post is the first of a three-part series on how to acquire and retain emergency medicine doctors. It introduces the topic and outlines the initial steps hospitals should take to acquire and keep the best docs.
Now is a great time to find employment as an emergency medicine physicians. But for hospital administrators trying to recruit and retain highly-qualified candidates, times are tough.
The reason? According to the most recent study assessing the United States’ workforce needs for EM physicians, the nation has 55 percent of what is needed to staff one board-certified EM doctor in each of its 4,828 emergency departments 24 hours a day.
Worse, the ability for hospitals to reduce that deficit isn't favorable. Even if all current board-certified emergency physicians remained in the field indefinitely, it would take 14 years before the nation’s EDs would have the number...