Addressing the Emergency Medicine Physician Shortage
Many healthcare facilities in the United States are having a hard time staffing their emergency departments with qualified emergency medicine physicians. The trouble is, there are plenty of great emergency medicine (EM) physicians looking for work. But job opportunities are often outside of their preferred geographic region or below their desired salary, resulting in a lack of EM doctors at many hospitals - especially in rural areas where some emergency departments have been forced to close altogether. A lack of available physicians makes it difficult for hospitals to provide the best quality care for their patients. So, what can healthcare organizations do to address the emergency medicine physician shortage?