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Physician Workforce Stats

  • There are 5,714 active physicians in the state. 

  • Mississippi has 65.9 per 100,000 population active primary care physicians, with a U.S. state median of 90.8.

  • In 2019, Mississippi had 1,968 primary care physicians in direct patient care, of which 884 were family physicians. 
  • Mississippi has 174.8 active patient care physicians per 100,000 population (2018) with a U.S. state median of 227.2

  • Mississippi ranks third for percentage change in student enrollment at M.D. and D.O. Schools (2018-2019) with a 135.1% increase. 

  • 33.7% of active physicians are 60 years or older. 50% of primary care physicians are 60 or older. 

  • More than half of individuals who completed residency training from 2009 through 2019 and who are practicing in Mississippi are practicing in Medically Underserved Areas. Approximately 50% of Mississippi's residents live in underserved counties with more than 2,000 persons per primary care physician. 
  • 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.

  • 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 2019 Physician Workforce Data Book.