Credentialing & Privileging | 02.24.22
Physicians May Not Be as Opposed to Rural Practice as Once Believed
A recent survey of 1,311 physicians, 169 administrators, and 158 advanced practice providers by Jackson Physician Search explored the dynamics of what it's like to work in rural, suburban and urban health care environments and how doctors are thinking about rural practice opportunities. 90 percent of physicians surveyed said they have some level of openness to considering rural practice. Physicians who are currently practicing in urban and suburban locations are looking for higher compensation, bonuses and benefits (64 percent); more flexible hours (47 percent); and improved work-life balance (46 percent). The survey asked physicians who don't already work in a rural setting if they might consider a locum tenens assignment to "try out" a rural location, and 72 percent responded favorably. Nearly one in 10 who moved to a rural practice cited COVID-19 as the reason.