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The Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce (OMPW) was established by House Bill 317 and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant in 2012. The bill, introduced by Rep. Sam Mims, created an office within the University of Mississippi Medical Center for the purpose of overseeing the physician workforce development and needs, both in numbers and distribution, for the state.
Primary care physicians (PCP) workforce shortages challenge the long term viability of U.S. primary care. According to the Robert Graham Center, the state will require an additional 364 primary care physicians by 2030, a 24% increase of the state's current practicing PCPs. The 2030 projections stands below the national overall.
OMPW, with its 21-member advisory board, is working to bolster the primary care pipeline. The office oversees physician workforce development needs by: