Top Physician Specialties in Demand
Top Physician Specialties in Demand
December 31, 2020 by eMedEvents

After researching numerous HCP databases, and employment statistics, eMedEvents recently discovered what the top 10 medical specialties and subspecialties are in demand across the nation. Family medicine, internal medicine, and emergency medicine specialists are the most in-demand, with pediatrics, and cardiology rounding out the top ten. 


Rank Specialty
1 Family Medicine
2 Internal Medicine
3 Emergency Medicine
4 Psychiatry
5 Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 Neurology
7 Radiology
8 Anesthesiology
9 Pediatrics
10 Cardiology

As per the reports released in 2019 on the US physician employment, which “analyzed data on 27,000 physician job listings for the top 50 metropolitan employment areas. Last year, about 41 percent of the 8,116 internal medicine positions offered to medical students were filled by those pursuing MDs from U.S. medical schools”, according to the Washington Post, which cited the 2019 National Resident Matching Program report. In family medicine, and pediatrics (considered two primary care fields) similar growth was recorded. 

Amid current and predicted physician shortages, demand for doctors is high across the country. In a report from Merritt Hawkins, a healthcare search and consulting firm, insight is given into why family medicine and internal medicine specialties are among the most coveted. 

Family medicine—
 In what has been a growing trend for physician recruitment in the last five years, is the need for young talent in primary care specialties. Family medicine has become the specialty with the most glaring needs, due to the growing national population, and the fact that more families are medically insured than there ever have been. Research shows 2018 marked the 12th consecutive year in which Merritt Hawkins found that the most-requested recruiting assignment was for family physicians. Offering further proof of the demand: 

Internal medicine— 
The demand for physicians with expertise in internal medicine is driven by the fact that many physicians are leaving general internal medicine for other career opportunities. “Everyone is stealing from internal medicine,” says Travis Singleton, executive vice president at Merritt Hawkins. “The market is stealing from them because we don’t have enough geriatricians and those types of specialties. Hospitalists are stealing from them because not only are more and more fellows going into hospitalist positions than traditional internal medicine but even the existing staff—those who were out practicing internal medicine—are now shifting over to hospital work and specialties. Those staying in the field of general internal medicine, is at an all-time low.”

When observing the top 3 specialties in demand, family medicine, internal medicine, and emergency medicine, there is also a third factor that explains why the need for these 3 specialties has skyrocketed. With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the nation, these 3 types of physicians, have become tasked with helping save as many lives as possible. 

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