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Workforce Studies

The mission of workforce studies is to conduct and disseminate research that informs health workforce policy and compels the nation toward the right mix of physicians, with the right skills and training, in the right places.

Featured Data and Reports

Results of the 2015 Medical School Enrollment Survey

Enrollment ReportThis report presents projections of medical school first-year enrollment through 2025 as well as other enrollment-related data using results from the fall 2015 Survey of Medical School Enrollment Plans.

The 2016 Update: Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2014 to 2025

Complexities of Physician Supply and DemandThe 2016 Update: Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2014 to 2025, conducted by IHS Inc. on behalf of the AAMC, presents workforce projections that reflect the potential impact of a variety of health care delivery and policy scenarios. The study is an update to last year’s report. It incorporates the most current and best available evidence on health care delivery and responds to questions received after releasing the prior report.
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Innovations at the Interface of Primary and Specialty Care

Innovations ReportAs health systems adapt to focus increasingly on maximizing the value of care they deliver, more and more are coming to recognize the importance of improving efficiency and quality at the interface of primary care and specialty care. This report profiles three institutions engaged in referral innovations that aim for a more efficient use of provider time, teamwork, and training to improve both health outcomes and the patient experience of care.
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2015 State Physician Workforce Data Book

DatabookPublished biennially, this Workforce Studies report provides state-specific data about active physicians and physicians in training. A series of figures, tables, and maps provide detailed statistics on active physicians, medical and osteopathic students, and residents and fellows.
Looking for a summary of your state's workforce data? Click here for a list of state profiles.
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2014 Physician Specialty Data Book

2014 Physician Specialty Data BookPublished biennially, this Workforce Studies report provides the most current data available about the active physicians and physicians in training. A series of figures and tables provide detailed statistics on active U.S. physicians and physicians in residency and fellowship programs, who are in the 41 largest specialty groups.

Analysis in Brief

In the latest Workforce Studies Analysis in Brief, Hopitalists: A Growing Part of the Primary Care Workforce, Medicare physician claims data were linked to the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile to update published estimates of the number of hospitalists trained in adult primary care specialties and the fraction of the potential PCP workforce they represent.

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Upcoming Presentations & Events

Learn Serve Lead 2016, November 11-15, 2016
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2017 Health Workforce Conference, May 3-5, 2017
Arlington, Va.
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12th Workforce Conference

Click here to view a summary of the 2016 12th Annual Health Workforce Research Conference.

AAMC Workforce Position Statement