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AAMC Releases 2011 State Physician Workforce Data Book

News Alert
December 2, 2011

An updated data resource from the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) examines current physician supply and retention, medical school and osteopathic school enrollment, and graduate medical education in the United States.  The 2011 State Physician Workforce Data Book  is an update to the 2009 edition.  In addition, one-page state profiles providing snapshots of individual states are available online.

Some key findings include:

  • In 2010, there were 258.7 active physicians per 100,000 population in the United States, with the Northeast states having the highest concentration of physicians and many Southern and Mountain states having the lowest.

  • There has been continued growth in medical school and osteopathic school enrollment. During the 2010-11 academic year, the number of students per 100,000 population increased to 31.4 compared to 30.1 in 2009. Despite this increase, the total number of residents in graduate medical education per 100,000 population has remained flat in the face of a potential shortage of 90,000 physicians in the next 10 years.

  • While only 38.6 percent of physicians practice in the same state where they received their undergraduate medical education (UME), other findings indicate that 66.6 percent of physicians who have completed both UME and graduate medical education in the same state remained in state to practice.


Jamila Vernon
Public Relations Specialist II
Telephone: 202-828-0959