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Pursuing a Career in Primary Care: 3 States to Consider

It’s no secret that primary care physicians are many communities’ most valuable resources. Unfortunately, there will be less and less of them as we get closer to 2025. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates that the shortage of primary care specialists could reach as high as 35,600 doctors. To get a sense of where in the United States demand will be highest, we tapped into MarketWatch’s look at how well present needs are being met by state.

With this in mind, medical students considering their career paths and employment prospects may want to look into North Carolina, Florida, and Nebraska.

North Carolina (Primary Care Need Met: 50 percent)

Medscape selected the Tar Heel State as the Best Place to Practice in its 2016 survey. Home to six research centers and 100 community hospitals, the state has a cost of living that’s slightly lower than the natural average. Costs may rise in response to its popularity, especially the Raleigh-Durham area.

Florida (Primary Care Need Met: 42 percent)

Florida is home to growing life sciences and biotech industries. If that’s not enough to sway you, its many cultural attractions and perfect climate for those seeking refuge from the cold should be. During Clinical Sciences many AUA College of Medicine students complete rotations in Florida. 

Nebraska (Primary Care Need Met: 42 percent)

Physicians in Nebraska earn 12 percent more than the national average. Lower taxes, a low cost of living, and lower malpractice expenses add to its appeal.