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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 2016, plays a significant role in helping policymakers and health care organizations better understand the nation’s health care workforce.

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2016 Census Total

953,695 licensed allopathic and osteopathic physicians serving a national population of 323 million people

Physician-to-Population Ratio

The licensed U.S. physician-to-population ratio increased from 277 physicians per 100,000 population to 295 from 2010 to 2016

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Female Physicians

In 2016, female physicians accounted for 34% of all licensed physicians, rising from 30% in 2010

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