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Value of Mandatory Statewide Collection of Demographic Data About Obstetrician-Gynecologists [4E]

Moffett, Maurice, PhD; Rayburn, William F., MD, MBA; Pearson, Amy Farnbach, PhD; Larson, Richard, MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000514796.55808.03
Sunday, May 7, 2017

INTRODUCTION: 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.

METHODS: 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.

RESULTS: 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.

CONCLUSION: 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

Financial Disclosure: The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2017 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.