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Number of people per active physician in the U.S. in 2015, by specialty

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People per active physician in the U.S. by specialty 2015 The statistic displays the number of people per active physician in the United States in 2015, based on specialty. In that year there were approximately 69,767 people per physician specializing in pain medicine and pain management. The largest number of active physicians are among primary care specialties such as internal medicine and general practice.
Active physician in the U.S.

Both federal and nonfederal physicians licensed by a state and working at least 20 hours a week are considered active. There is a large variety among practicing physicians in the United States based on specialties. There are about 98,746 people per physician practicing interventional cardiology and about 1,503 people per pediatrician. Overall, there are 373 people per physician of all specialties.

There are also gross differences between practicing physicians based on specialty and both age group and gender. About 92.2 percent of physicians practicing neurological surgery are males and a little over half of physicians practicing obstetrics and gynecology are women. Overall, women make up about 34 percent of all physicians. Over 92.9 percent of physicians practicing internal medicine/pediatrics as well as doctors practicing interventional cardiology were under the age of 55.

About half of the doctors practicing geriatric medicine in the United States obtained their medical education internationally. This includes outside of the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. To be able to practice in the United States, these doctors must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate and complete a residency within the United States.
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The statistic displays the number of people per active physician in the United States in 2015, based on specialty. In that year there were approximately 69,767 people per physician specializing in pain medicine and pain management. The largest number of active physicians are among primary care specialties such as internal medicine and general practice.
Active physician in the U.S.

Both federal and nonfederal physicians licensed by a state and working at least 20 hours a week are considered active. There is a large variety among practicing physicians in the United States based on specialties. There are about 98,746 people per physician practicing interventional cardiology and about 1,503 people per pediatrician. Overall, there are 373 people per physician of all specialties.

There are also gross differences between practicing physicians based on specialty and both age group and gender. About 92.2 percent of physicians practicing neurological surgery are males and a little over half of physicians practicing obstetrics and gynecology are women. Overall, women make up about 34 percent of all physicians. Over 92.9 percent of physicians practicing internal medicine/pediatrics as well as doctors practicing interventional cardiology were under the age of 55.

About half of the doctors practicing geriatric medicine in the United States obtained their medical education internationally. This includes outside of the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. To be able to practice in the United States, these doctors must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate and complete a residency within the United States.
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Release date
November 2016
Region
United States
Survey time period
2015
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