April 1997 Bulletin

Job market at a glance

Academy data give state breakdown

The Academy's biennial orthopaedic physician census, Orthopaedic Practice in the U.S. 1996/97, and the Academy's Placement Service provide an insightful view of employment opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons. The census, which contains valuable information on orthopaedic practices, is available at no cost to Academy members; $20 for non-members from the Academy's Customer Service department (800) 626-6726. The product code number is 02270.

Density of orthopaedic surgeons by state, 1996

State Orthopaedic
surgeons/
100,000 population
Persons/
orthopaedic
surgeon
Washington D.C. 10.12 9,881
Montana 9.32 10,730
Connecticut 8.12 12,315
Rhode Island 8.08 12,376
New Hampshire 8.00 12,500
Wyoming 7.89 12,674
Alaska 7.74 12,920
Colorado 7.69 13,004
Vermont 7.47 13,387
Maryland 7.39 13,532
Oregon 7.34 13,624
Washington 7.20 13,889
Massachusetts 7.19 13,908
Maine 6.92 14,451
Wisconsin 6.57 15,221
Virginia 6.55 15,267
Delaware 6.48 15,432
Idaho 6.47 15,456
South Dakota 6.28 15,924
Tennessee 6.26 15,974
Utah 6.20 16,129
California 6.21 16,103
Minnesota 6.14 16,287
Florida 6.11 16,367
North Carolina 6.02 16,611
Pennsylvania 5.96 16,779
New Jersey 5.86 17,065
Nebraska 5.75 17,391
Missouri 5.75 17,391
Hawaii 5.74 17,422
New York 5.63 17,762
North Dakota 5.59 17,889
Georgia 5.58 17,921
Arizona 5.56 17,986
Louisiana 5.54 18,051
New Mexico 5.54 18,051
South Carolina 5.38 18,587
Arkansas 5.26 19,011
Nevada 5.18 19,305
Alabama 5.17 19,342
Ohio 5.15 19,417
Iowa 5.12 19,531
Indiana 5.12 19,531
Kentucky 4.94 20,243
Illinois 4.88 20,492
Texas 4.83 20,704
Oklahoma 4.70 21,277
Kansas 4.59 21,786
West Virginia 4.16 24,038
Michigan 3.96 25,253
Mississippi 3.87 25,840

National 5.81 17,213

Where positions are available

State Percent
California 10.65
New York 8.70
Florida 8.04
New Jersey 5.87
Texas 5.65
Pennsylvania 4.78
Illinois 4.57
North Carolina 3.70
Michigan 3.04
Georgia 2.83
Washington 2.61
Wisconsin 2.61
Maryland 2.61
Virginia 2.17
Connecticut 1.96
Missouri 1.96
Massachusetts 1.96
Ohio 1.96
Tennessee 1.74
South Carolina 1.52
Colorado 1.30
Arizona 1.30
Indiana 1.30
Iowa 1.30
Kansas 1.30
Minnesota 1.30
Oklahoma 1.09
New Hampshire 1.09
Arkansas 0.87
Oregon 0.87
Alabama 0.87
Alaska 0.65
South Dakota 0.65
Mississippi 0.65
North Dakota 0.65
New Mexico 0.65
Nevada 0.65
Nebraska 0.65
Kentucky 0.65
Louisiana 0.65
Maine 0.65
Delaware 0.43
Utah 0.43
West Virginia 0.43
Montana 0.22
Wyoming 0.22
Idaho 0.22

Percent of 460 listings. March 26, 1997.

Source: Academy Placement

Where physicians want to practice

State Percent
North Carolina 35.25
Colorado 31.34
California 29.84
Virginia 26.50
Florida 26.50
Arizona 24.42
Maryland 23.27
South Carolina 23.04
New York 22.00
Pennsylvania 22.00
Washington 21.66
Connecticut 21.43
Oregon 19.59
Georgia 19.35
New Jersey 18.66
New Mexico 16.82
Texas 14.86
Illinois 14.63
Massachusetts 14.52
Rhode Island 14.06
Utah 13.13
New Hampshire 12.67
Tennessee 12.56
Idaho 12.56
Vermont 12.44
Nevada 12.33
Montana 11.75
District of Columbia 11.52
Delaware 11.29
Maine 11.06
Ohio 10.94
Michigan 9.56
Kentucky 9.33
Wyoming 8.41
Wisconsin 8.29
Indiana 7.26
Hawaii 7.26
Alabama 6.57
Missouri 5.76
West Virginia 5.07
Minnesota 4.84
Louisiana 4.15
Kansas 3.69
Iowa 3.46
Oklahoma 3.46
Arkansas 3.34
Mississippi 3.34
Alaska 3.00
Nebraska 1.73
South Dakota 1.38
North Dakota 1.15

Preferred states each doctor has provided to the Placement Service. 548 listings. March 26, 1997.

Source: Academy Placement Service

Managed care patients*

State Mean percent
California 36.50
Arizona 34.63
Oregon 34.36
Colorado 34.30
District of Columbia 33.69
Massachusetts 33.53
Delaware 30.63
Connecticut 30.57
Utah 29.66
Maryland 29.58
Minnesota 29.55
Washington 27.06
Missouri 26.23
Nevada 25.97
New York 25.95
New Mexico 25.60
Texas 25.50
Illinois 25.45
New Jersey 25.19
Florida 24.56
Alabama 24.39
New Hampshire 24.39
Rhode Island 24.16
Virginia 23.91
Ohio 23.84
Wisconsin 23.43
Georgia 23.34
Michigan 22.26
Oklahoma 22.17
Tennessee 21.46
Pennsylvania 21.41
Hawaii 20.54
Kansas 20.07
Indiana 19.46
Louisiana 18.14
North Carolina 17.82
Kentucky 16.48
Vermont 16.26
Iowa 15.96
Nebraska 14.88
South Carolina 14.15
Arkansas 13.34
Maine 12.51
West Virginia 10.00
North Dakota 9.74
South Dakota 8.00
Mississippi 7.55
Idaho 7.14
Montana 6.88
Wyoming 2.31
Alaska 1.41
Total 25.55

* Combined percentage of orthopaedic surgeons' patients in managed care discounted fee-for-service and in managed care capitation plans

Source: Orthopaedic Practice in the U.S. 1996/97, Academy, department of research and scientific affairs.


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