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    To develop strategies that attract, educate and sustain a well-trained and appropriately distributed physician workforce in Mississippi, so as to ensure health care access for ALL Mississippians.


    Through emphasis on a strong and expanded primary care foundation, ALL Mississippians shall have access to timely and appropriate health care.

    Who We Are

    Created on UMMC’s campus by state legislators in 2012, the Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce (OMPW) is on a mission to reduce the shortage of primary care doctors in a state with the lowest per capita supply in the nation.

    Our office oversees the state’s physician workforce development needs by nurturing the creation of family medicine residency programs, fostering the development of a physician workforce in all specialties where they are needed, evaluating the existing workforce, and establishing the state’s current and future workforce requirements.

    To reach the national average, Mississippi will have to add more than 1,300 primary care physicians, whose specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.

    As we move forward in improving health-care access, we will work toward adding additional medical residency training programs around Mississippi, developing partnerships that expand medical training opportunities in rural areas, and building a strong relationship with the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, which cultivates rural college students desiring to return to their roots to practice medicine. 

    An aging and growing population, along with an increased access to health insurance will create the need for more primary care physicians in our state. The national median for primary care physicians is 90.8 physicians per 100,000 population. Mississippi has only 64.4 primary care physicians per 100,000 population. As a result, we need more than 350 primary care physicians to meet the national median.

    The OMPW, with its 21-member advisory board, will oversee physician workforce development needs by:

    • Supporting the creation of accredited family medicine residency programs in the state, including the awarding state financial support for creation of these programs
    • Encouraging the development of an adequate and geographically distributed physician workforce in all specialties with an evolving strategic plan
    • Assessing the current numbers, ages, gender, ethnicity, types of practice and geographic distribution of the physicians in each medical specialty licensed in Mississippi while developing a robust data base of these demographics
    • Assessing the current and future physician workforce needs of Mississippi

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