Research Finds Lack of Endocrinologists in the ‘Southern Belt’ and Midwest -- Known High‑Risk Areas
San Francisco, Calif., November 20, 2015 -- Doximity, the leading medical network for U.S. physicians, today announced the preliminary results from a study conducted by a team of researchers lead by Dr. Armand Krikorian, endocrinologist at Advocate Christ Medical Center, on the distribution of endocrinologists as it relates to the prevalence of diabetes and obesity in America. The research underscores the country’s physician distribution problem and highlights the need for targeted interventions to balance the workforce.
Endocrinology is one of the specialties expected to be particularly affected by the impending physician shortage. There are currently less than 6,000 endocrinologists in the U.S., and yet more than one-third of adults in the country are obese and nearly 30 million are living with diabetes. A significant increase in endocrinologists is needed to match the growing obesity and diabetes epidemics. While there is a general agreement that a mismatch exists, little up-to-date data is available regarding the status and geographic distribution of the endocrinology workforce.
Using proprietary geographic data from Doximity’s database of all U.S. physicians and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2013 reports on diabetes and obesity pervasiveness, the following was deduced:
“Without proper resources to manage these diseases and educate the population on prevention, rates of obesity and diabetes will only continue to grow,” said Dr. Krikorian. “By using this social network mapping methodology, for the first time ever we are able to get real-time look at the geographical spread of the workforce. This will help identify long term solutions, and track our efforts.”
Preliminary report findings are being released in support of Diabetes Awareness Month. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launched in 2011, Doximity (www.doximity.com) connects physicians to make them more successful and productive. With nearly two-thirds of all U.S. physicians as members, collaborating across every specialty and academic medical center, Doximity is the largest secure medical network in the country. Doximity is headquartered in Silicon Valley and was created by the founders of Epocrates.