The time to hire for new clinical roles has long been impacted by the physician shortage. While a record number of healthcare workers were furloughed in the past three months, the good news is that 312,000 jobs were added in May, whereas hospitals lost 134,900 positions in April, per Becker’s Hospital Review.
The process of recruiting physicians can take as little as a few months or as long as a year or more, depending on different factors. It takes twice as long to recruit a physician today than it did just a decade ago. Why? It’s all due “to a growing shortage that is expected to worsen as demand for physicians grows and supply remains flat,” says Travis Singleton, vice president of marketing at Merritt Hawkins.