Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Are too many young docs leaving NJ?

A new report from the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals shows that many young doctors leave the garden state after completing their post medical school training. The apparently aptly named 2009 New Jersey Resident Exit Survey Final Report found that fewer than one in three residents intend to remain in New Jersey after completing their residency.

Are too many young docs leaving NJ?

0 comments

A new report from the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals shows that many young doctors leave the garden state after completing their post medical school training. The apparently aptly named 2009 New Jersey Resident Exit Survey Final Report found that fewer than one in three residents intend to remain in New Jersey after completing their residency.

“This year’s exit survey is alarming,” said J. Richard Goldstein, president of the council, in a statement. “The primary driving force responsible for the dramatic decline in New Jersey is that other states are now stepping up their recruitment efforts to deal with their own shortages. To put it simply: Their offers are better then ours.”

And as a result the council estimates that there will be a 3,250 shortfall of physicians in New Jersey.

In recent years, similar predictions of doctor shortfalls have been made by professional groups in Pennsylvania, particularly in the context of medical malpractice insurance costs, which many claim drives doctors to leave high cost areas, such as Philadelphia and its suburbs.

More coverage
More health news
 
Hospital declares war on infections

A report by the American Association of Medical Colleges said that in 2008 New Jersey ranked 10th in doctors per 100,000 residents with 25,463 active doctors, citing data from the American Medical Association. And Pennsylvania ranked 9th in the AAMC report with 36,838. Both states were above the national average of 219.6 per 100,000 patients.

Neither state did as well in terms of its primary care doctor workforces, ranking 13th and 14 respectively,  according to the AAMC.  Both states, however, were still above the national average by that measure.

Despite those numbers, large pockets of doctor shortages exist, especially in poor urban and rural areas, as Christina Hernandez pointed out in this article in Monday's Health & Science section.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Check Up covers regional health news and a wide array of healthcare topics from pharmaceutical happenings to patient safety. Read about some of our bloggers here.

Portions of this blog may also be found in the Inquirer's Sunday Health Section.

Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. Cardiothoracic surgeon in the Philadelphia area
Amy J. Reed, M.D., Ph.D. Anesthesiologist and Surgical Intensivist in the Philadelphia Area
Latest Health Videos
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter