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UNR Medical School: Nevada’s need for more doctors and other medical professionals is getting worse

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From UNR School of Medicine:

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine report reveals statewide physician shortage. Challenges amidst potential for growth if we could just hang on to them…

Nevada has third fastest growth in medical residencies but Nevada still bracing for worsening shortages in the future…

Written by Tessa Bowen

A physician shortage continues to be a problem in Nevada and is hindering patient care the hardest in rural regions, according to a recent report focusing on health care workforce trends in the Silver State.

According to the latest data published in the report, “Physician Workforce in Nevada: A Chartbook – January 2020,” demand for physicians in Nevada continues to exceed the current supply. While the number of licensed physicians in the state has increased over a decade, Nevada ranks 45th for active physicians per 100,000 population, 48th for primary care physicians per 100,000 population and 50th for general surgeons per 100,000 population.  

“Health care workforce is a critical component for a healthy Nevada. Updated data, such as this report, will help inform initiatives and policies to address those challenges,” said UNR Med Dean, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.

From 2010 to 2017, the number of actively practicing physicians in Nevada increased by 1,142 or 22%. However, in 16 of 42 specialty areas, including anesthesiology, dermatology, gastroenterology and obstetrics/gynecology, the growth in the number of physicians did not keep pace with population growth.

In addition to gaps in care for certain specialties, the report data points to several obstacles to developing a stronger physician workforce in Nevada.

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