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Physician Workforce Stats

  • There are 5,562 active physicians in the state, 1,925 (37.9%) of which specialize in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, general practice).

  • Mississippi has 64.4 per 100,000 population active primary care physicians, with a U.S. state median of 90.8.

  • Mississippi has 186.1 active patient care physicians per 100,000 population (2016) with a U.S. state median of 257.6*

  • Mississippi needs 1,715 more active physicians to meet the State Median or 789 more active primary care physicians.

  • Mississippi ranks first for percentage change in student enrollment at M.D. and D.O. Schools (2006-17) with a 134.2% increase. It ranks 42nd in total residents/fellows per 100,000.

  • 32 % of active physicians are 60 years or older.

  • AAMC statistics show that more than 75% of residents who received both their undergraduate and graduate medical education in Mississippi remain in Mississippi to practice.

  •  Within five years, Mississippi medical school graduates will likely increase to more than 315 annually; more than three times the Mississippi medical student graduation rate prior to 2005.

  • Since 2013, GME first-year training positions at community-based GME sites increased from 14 to 56. Overall, residents in training slots grew from 42 to 108.  

  • A 2019 report from the American Medical Association shows that office-based physicians play a vital role in national and state economies by supporting jobs, purchasing goods and generating tax revenue.

  • The study revealed that each physician, on average, in Mississippi contributed a total of $1.8 million in economic output. The total economic activity generated by physicians is $8.2 billion.

* Statistics based on American Association of Medical Colleges 2017 Physician Workforce Data Book.