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Physician Census

The FSMB’s biennial Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States provides the nation with the most comprehensive compilation of physician license and demographic information available. The Census, last completed in 2018, plays a significant role in helping policymakers and health care organizations better understand the nation’s health care workforce.

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2018 Census Total

985,026 licensed allopathic and osteopathic physicians serving a national population of 327 million people

Physician-to-Population Ratio

The Licensed U.S. physician-to-population ratio increased from 277 physicians per 100,000 population to 301 from 2010 to 2018

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Female Physicians

In 2018, female physicians accounted for 35% of all licensed physicians, rising from 30% in 2010

Physicians From Around The World

The U.S. licensed physician population is diverse with 23% graduating from international medical schools

Aging Physicians

In 2018, the mean age of licensed physicians is 51.5 years, which is almost a year higher than the mean age of 50.7 years reported in 2010

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