The Vermont Primary Care Practitioner Workforce 2016 Snapshot
A statewide workforce shortage in adult primary care persists.
In this report, practitioners include physicians (MDs, DOs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and certified physician assistants (PA-Cs) who work in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, and pediatric practice sites.
- Since 2013, the strongest growth was in family medicine whose practitioners care for both adults and children.
- In Vermont, during the three-year period of 2013 to 2016, the number of primary care practitioners grew; however, the shortage in adult primary care practitioners continued statewide.
- The need for primary care practitioners who care for adults was further demonstrated by the percentage of practitioners who limited or closed their practice to new patients.
- Since the 2013 report, the supply of physicians decreased while the supply of APRNs and PA-Cs increased.
- In some counties, a shortage of physicians is counter-balanced to some degree by its supply of APRNs and PA-Cs.