• Mississippi Facts: Did You Know?

    • Of 9,512 licensed physicians, only 60.3 percent ( 5,731) report having a primary practice  location in the state.
    • 41.3 percent (2,366) of the in-state physicians specialize in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, general practice).
    • 30 percent (1,728) of ALL in-state physicians are age 60 or older.
    • 12 percent (283) of in-state primary care physicians are age between 60 -65.
    • Mississippi has 170.3 active patient care physicians per 100,000 population (2014) with a U.S. state median of 225.6 according to data from the Association of Medical Colleges 2015 Physician Workforce Data Book. The state has 60.1 active care physicians per 100,000 population. The U.S. state median is 83.1. We rank 50th in both categories.
    • We need 1,656 more active physicians or 689 more active primary care physicians to meet the state median.
    • 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.
    • Mississippi ranks second for percentage change in student enrollment at M.D. and D.O. Schools, 2004-2014 with a 137.4% increase. It ranks 47th in total residents/fellows per 100,000.
    • To make available the option/opportunity for all of our graduates to remain within the state for postgraduate training (GME), Mississippi will require more than 100 additional first-year residency slots.
    • In 2013, Mississippi had 18 first-year family medicine training slots. In 2014, Mississippi had 30 first-year family medicine training slots available.
    • Between the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (17) and William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (33), 50 medical graduates chose family medicine in 2015.
    • 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.
    • A 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 $1,240,594 in economic output; different specialties have varying impacts. For example, family physicians contributed $2,067,567 and internal medicine physicians contributed $1,843,137.

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