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Philadelphia Next Stop for PracticeLink's National Physician Career Fair 10 City-Tour


According to new research released in March in The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2016 to 2030 a study conducted for the Association of American Medical Colleges, the United States is facing a physician shortage expected to increase through 2030.

PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) August 07, 2018

The new reports should come as no surprise. In 2013, for example, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development released statistics indicating among 28 participating countries, the United States was ranked 24th for the number of physicians per 1,000 people. Of the reporting countries, only Canada, Poland, Mexico, and Korea have fewer physicians per capita.

There are several factors that affect the shortage. Experts point to two trends that have caused the current shortage. Practices have been flooded by aging baby boomers who are living longer and presenting with more complicated health concerns. At the same time, the overall population continues to increase, yet, the number of graduate medical education programs have not increased at the same rate.

According to ACGME, the state of Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest number of residents with more than 7,200 residents and 1,700 fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. The 313 specialty programs and 403 subspecialty programs rank Pennsylvania third-largest in the nation. Philadelphia area institutions such as UPMC Susquehanna, Temple Health and Penn Medicine will be exhibiting at the career fair alongside other local, regional and national organizations representing more than 20 other states.

Certainly, those in the physician recruitment space can attest to the increasingly difficult job of filling physician vacancies. Physician recruiters from throughout the mid-Atlantic region will be meeting in Philadelphia this week to discuss strategies and tactics in their efforts to address the national physician shortage. The mid-Atlantic Physician Recruiter Association, MAPRA, will also be conducting a physician job fair in conjunction with, one of the nation's leading physician job boards.

While online services like play a significant role in the recruitment of physicians and other healthcare professionals, physician recruiters are forced to compete for talent and engage like marketers to sell their opportunities. The shortage and increased competition has led to healthcare organizations participating in more face-to-face recruitment efforts, such as career fairs and specialty conferences, in an effort to find the brightest candidates to fill their positions. As a result, physicians increasingly cite attending career fairs as a meaningful part of their job search process.

The Philadelphia Physician Career Fair will take place at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 5 to 8 pm.

PracticeLink Live! Is open to residents and fellows – as well as practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The casual, family-friendly environment provides an opportunity for physicians and advanced practitioners to connect with recruiters and find the best fit for their first or next practice. Premium food and drinks, along with parking, are available at no charge.

For more information or to register for this free event visit For specific questions, contact Melissa Wickline at melissa.wickline(at)practicelink(dot)com or call 800-776-8383.

About PracticeLink: is the most widely used online physician job bank. More than 20,000 physicians and advanced practitioners register with each year in their search for a new job, and thousands more search the Job Bank confidentially when looking for a new practice. More than 1,000 recruiters representing more than 5,000 health care facilities nationwide use PracticeLink to recruit physicians and other health care providers.

PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va, and also maintains offices in St. Louis, MO and Louisville, KY.

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