Among healthcare industry professionals, a national physician shortage is frequently debated. The rising costs of education and medical malpractice premiums are frequent scapegoats. The Illinois physician community is one where young doctors are asked whether they will remain and practice or seek a in a nearby state, something easier to do with the multi-state licensure compact.
Some perceive Chicago’s market as being saturated with too many doctors while rural residents complain of shortages of doctors and are willing to look for doctors who can perform certain tasks by using telemedicine (mobile healthcare). Meanwhile, Southern Illinois University is addressing the physician job market downstate, the reports of which may be noteworthy to young physicians in Chicago and all over Illinois.
One thing young doctors may agree on is the perceived medical malpractice policy problems.
Rising malpractice premiums in Illinois are a concern to many and when surveyed, young physicians may be likely to agree that they share concerned about rising costs of practice along with school loans and a competitive physician marketplace in the Chicago area. However, agreeing with shared concerns alone is not likely the primary factor in deciding where to practice medicine.
A physician market saturation may drive new graduates to find jobs in other areas.
If young doctors cannot find jobs in Illinois, they may start looking to other states in need of young doctors. Those who work in physician talent recruiting and staffing may suggest that information about physician job opportunities may not be as easy to find compared to a professional working in accounting who can easily find jobs using sites like Google and Craigslist.
As senior physicians retire, there are new opportunities to join and grow with some very reputable medical groups all over Illinois, where practices are managed well, and their doctors are quite stable and satisfied with their careers.
Many young physicians leaving Illinois are returning to their home states.
Nowhere in the Midwest can you find as many medical schools as you will in the State of Illinois. Many to-be physicians come to Illinois for school and are open to many opportunities. Some say from the first day of school that they want to graduate and move back to their home state to practice where they know people in their communities. Others are open to whatever prospects may be attractive at the time. With the growth smaller Midwestern cities and states, the opportunities back in young physicians’ home towns may be affecting the rate of young doctors leaving Illinois and returning home early in their career.
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