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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.