Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research  
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

December 2018
Sheps Health Workforce NC Launches a New Blog and Twitter Feed
In October, Sheps Health Workforce NC launched a new blog (https://nchealthworkforce.unc.edu/ ) and twitter feed (@WorkforceNC) to share health workforce research findings, charts, and data in an engaging and digestible format. The blog features data visualizations with key takeaways that are designed to inform health workforce discussions underway in state government, the health care sector, and the news. 
New Features and Health Professions Data on Our Website
Sheps Health Workforce NC recently launched an updated version of its online data visualization ( https://nchealthworkforce.unc.edu/supply). The new website allows users to explore and download data on NC's health workforce from 2000 to 2017. Users can customize maps and charts at the county, AHEC, and state level for 19 types of health professionals.
A quick look at the web site shows that:
  • 27 NC counties did not have a general surgeon in 2017.
  • 25% of the psychologists in NC are age 65 or older in 2017.
  • Since 2000, NC's nurse practitioner workforce has increased by 214%, NC's physician assistant workforce has increased by 151%, and NC's physician workforce has increased by 20%.
  • Many health professions have become more racially and ethnically diverse over time, but still fall short of parity with NC's population.
Where are North Carolina Medical Students Five Years Later?  
Of the 436 NC medical school graduates from the class of 2012, 1% (4 physicians) were in practice in primary care in rural NC five years after graduation. All four were family medicine physicians who graduated from a public medical school: two each from East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. NC's public medical schools consistently retain more graduates in-state and in primary care than private medical schools.
North Carolina is a national model for tracking annual workforce outcomes of its medical school graduates. The Sheps Center and NC AHEC have collaborated on this project since it was legislatively mandated in 1993. Results were featured in an article in the   New England Journal of Medicine . Increasingly, the North Carolina General Assembly has been interested in the workforce outcomes of physicians trained in North Carolina to better evaluate the return on investment of state funds.
In case you missed it
Our April 2018 newsletter, which focused on health workforce analysis for education program planning, is available here .

In the news
Erin Fraher was quoted in an article and radio segment on UNC's Medical Education Development (MED) Program:

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