More physicians working part time

May 25, 2012

The number of physicians working part time has grown rapidly in recent years, according to a joint survey by the physician employment search firm Cejka Search and the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).

The number of physicians working part time has grown rapidly in recent years, according to a joint survey by the physician employment search firm Cejka Search and the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time. That's up from 7% of men and 29% of women in 2005.

Among men working part time, the largest proportion (13%) were between the ages of 55 and 64, followed by those age 45 to 54 (11%). Among women, the largest group of part-timers (22%) was age 35 to 44, followed by those age 45 to 54 (17%). Overall, 55% of those working part time were women.

The Cejka/AMGA survey found that physician-owned practices with at least 500 physicians are the most likely to employ part-time physicians, with 20% of male and 23% of female physicians working part time. That contrasts with practices of three to 50 physicians, where the survey found that 6% of male and 4% of female physicians worked part time.

The survey covered 14,366 physicians in 80 practices that ranged in size from three to more than 500 doctors each.