Emergency Physician Supply and Demand: Migration Trends
Historically, when asked which states most providers consider outside of training, or in general, the standard answer was that they either were born/have family in a particular state, trained in a particular state, or were considering one of the “big five”. The “big five” consists of California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Washington. It is no coincidence that these are among the five most populous states with some of the biggest economies in the country.
Today however, the ever changing landscape within healthcare is reshaping the marketplace like never before. Emergency medicine is reacting to two main contributors to physician migration trends, including the national climate over the last several years and the introduction of freestanding emergency departments that are rapidly expanding in a few key states.