Family physicians top most-recruited doc list

Family physicians top the list of most-recruited doctors, a spot they've held for seven years in a row, according to a new survey from the physician search firm, Merritt Hawkins. The 2013 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives tracks the 3,097 recruiting assignments the firm conducted from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. And as it has for seven years, it conducted more search assignments for family physicians than for any other type of doctor. Physicians specializing in general internal medicine were second on the list, also for the seventh year in a row. The company says the demand for family physicians, general internists and other primary care docs is driven in part by a proliferating number of healthcare service sites, including multi-hospital systems, large medical groups, urgent care centers, retail clinics, free-standing emergency departments, academic centers, community health centers, government facilities and traditional community hospitals. Announcement(.pdf)