The New Mexico Workforce Data Collection, Analysis, and Policy Act of 2011 requires that all providers respond to a mandatory survey when obtaining or renewing (every 3 years) a medical license. This study highlights the value of continuously collecting a breadth of data about the entire obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) workforce for health policy initiatives.
All medical doctors licensed in New Mexico in 2015 with board certification in ob-gyn or gynecology only were included. License renewal survey data were collected between 2010 to 2015.
In 2015, there were 316 licensed ob-gyn physicians in New Mexico, yet 213 (67.4%) practiced at a New Mexico address (54.9% female, 45.1% male). The proportion who practiced ob-gyn (83.0%) versus gynecology only (17.0%) remained constant. By age, 71.6% of the males and 33.9% of females were 55 or older. Nearly one-fourth (22.8%) worked part-time, regardless of gender. The 28.8% of all ob-gyns who practiced in rural counties (18.4% of females; 41.5% of males) saw more outpatients. Only 23.5% were owner/operators of independent practices, while 31.9% were employed as organizationally-affiliated providers. Net migration was positive between 2010 and 2015 (n = 70) with most practicing in metropolitan counties after migrating from another state.
As demonstrated in New Mexico, mandatory collection of physician demographic and practice data at the time of licensure or relicensure provides a rich source of information to evaluate snapshots and trends of the ob-gyn workforce at a state level.
University of New Mexico School of Medicine Family and Community Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
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