• Mississippi Facts: Did You Know?

    • There are 5,562 active physicians in the state, 1,925 (37.9%) of which specialize in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, general practice).
    • Mississippi has 64.4 per 100,000 population active primary care physicians, with a U.S. state median of 90.8.
    • Mississippi has 186.1 active patient care physicians per 100,000 population (2016) with a U.S. state median of 257.6*
    • Mississippi needs 1,715 more active physicians to meet the State Median or 789 more active primary care physicians.
    • Between the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (14) and William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (25), 39 medical graduates chose family medicine in 2018.
    • Mississippi ranks first for percentage change in student enrollment at M.D. and D.O. Schools (2006-2016) with a 134.2% increase. It ranks 42nd in total residents/fellows per 100,000.
    • 32 % of active physicians are 60 years or older.
    • AAMC statistics show that more than 75% of residents who received both their undergraduate and graduate medical education in Mississippi remain in Mississippi to practice.
    •  Within five years, Mississippi medical school graduates will likely increase to more than 265 annually; more than 2-1/2 times the Mississippi medical student graduation rate prior to 2005.
    • Since 2013, GME first-year training positions at community-based GME sites increased from 14 to 56. Overall, residents in training slots grew from 42 to 108.  
    • A 2018 report from the American Medical Association shows that office-based physicians play a vital role in national and state economies by supporting jobs, purchasing goods and generating tax revenue.
    • The study revealed that each physician, on average, in Mississippi contributed a total of $1.8 million in economic output. The total economic activity generated by physicians is $8.2 billion.

    * Statistics based on American Association of Medical Colleges 2017 Physician Workforce Data Book.

     

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