Workforce Outcomes of North Carolina Medical School Graduates: A Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee

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Figure 1: Active Licensed NC Physicians by Medical School Location, 1990-2016North Carolina Session Law 2017-57, Section 11J.2, the Current Operations Appropriations Act of 2017, directed the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and The University of North Carolina (UNC) to assess the degree to which physician training programs in North Carolina meet the healthcare needs of North Carolina’s citizens. The Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted the analysis and reported findings to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. The report finds that the majority (61.5%) of physicians in active practice in North Carolina in 2016 completed medical school outside the state. North Carolina medical schools’ contribution to the state’s workforce has declined from 31.6% in 1990 to 23.4% in 2016. During that same period the percent of the workforce made up of physicians who completed medical school outside the US nearly doubled from 7.9% to 15.1% of the workforce.

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Date: January 2018

Authors: Julie Spero, Erin Fraher

Suggested citation: Spero JC, Fraher EP. Workforce Outcomes of North Carolina Medical School Graduates: A Report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. January 2018.