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FSMB Webinar: "Trends in the U.S. Physician Workforce" (Sept. 20, 2021)

Date:  Monday, September 20, 2021
Time:  2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Speakers:  Candice Chen, MD, and Aaron Young, PhD


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About the Webinar
High-quality primary care is the foundation of a strong health care system and is essential for improving patients’ health. However, the workforce is shrinking, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated our nation’s doctor shortage. As a result, vulnerabilities within our health care system were revealed, unveiling many of the pressures and challenges physicians face on a daily basis. Physician stress and burnout, increased use of telehealth visits and other financial pressures have caused many physicians to rethink their careers. During this webinar, our speakers will share research on COVID-19’s impact on primary care attrition across the country along with the findings from FSMB’s 2020 Census of Licensed Physicians in the United States.

About the Speakers
Candice Chen, MD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Her work focuses on health workforce, primary care, and health professions and graduate medical education research and policy. Her research has examined the role of medical schools in addressing high priority workforce needs in primary care, underserved communities, and diversity; the role of graduate medical education in the cost practice patterns of physicians; and the status and challenges faced by medical schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Chen was previously the Director of the Division of Medicine and Dentistry in the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration, where she led programs to enhance training in primary care, oral health, and geriatrics, including graduate medical education programs in children’s hospitals and Teaching Health Centers. The Division's programs focused on addressing health workforce needs, particularly in rural and underserved communities. Dr. Chen is also a practicing pediatrician. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and her Masters of Public Health from George Washington University.


Aaron Young, PhD, who joined the Federation of State Medical Boards in 2008, serves as FSMB's Vice President of Research and Data Integration. In this role, Dr. Young provides expertise to address vital medical regulation issues, works with government agencies and collaborates with affiliate organizations to achieve mutual objectives. Previously, Dr. Young worked for six years implementing marketing research and strategy for customer acquisition and retention at one of the largest energy providers in the United States. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Baylor University, specializing in research methods, needs assessments, program evaluation and the impact of regulatory changes. While completing his PhD, Dr. Young consulted for an economic analysis firm providing litigation support to Fortune 500 companies and conducting economic development studies.

About the Moderator
Lisa A. Robin, MLA, is Chief Advocacy Officer at the Federation of State Medical Boards. During her long tenure at the FSMB, Ms. Robin has been active in policy analysis, development and promulgation on issues including license portability, telemedicine, pain and addiction policy, scope of practice, professional conduct and ethics, and Internet prescribing. She represents the position of state medical boards to Congress and the Administration and supports individual boards in achieving their state legislative agendas. In this role, she leads the FSMB’s Washington D.C.-based advocacy team and oversees education services, federal and state legislative and policy services and public affairs. She also provides support to the FSMB Foundation and its grant programs. Ms. Robin earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Christian University. 

Target Audience
This activity was designed specifically for physician members and legal staff of state medical and osteopathic boards, and others within the medical regulatory and licensing communities.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the key drivers of health workforce demand and the current supply of physicians
  • Summarize recent research findings regarding primary care attrition, particularly in the domains of stress, burnout, and fatigue.
  • Assess the impact of current and future workforce trends
  • Describe the nation’s available physician workforce in terms of age, sex, degree type, specialty certification, and number of active licenses. 

Accreditation Statement

The Federation of State Medical Boards is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statements
The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Federation of State Medical Boards certifies that non-physicians will receive an attendance certificate stating they participated in the activity that was designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

The American Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 of AOA Category 2-B credits.

Disclosure Declaration
As an organization accredited by the ACCME, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) requires that the content of CME activities and related materials provide balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. Planning must be free of the influence or control of a commercial entity and promote improvements or quality in healthcare. All persons in the position to control the content of an education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients.

The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest. The FSMB has implemented a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to the activity. The intent of this policy is to identify potential conflicts of interest so participants can form their own judgments with full disclosure of the facts. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker’s outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity.

Conflict of interest statements were reviewed for all conference planners and presenters. The following indicates the disclosure declaration information and the nature of those commercial relationships.

SpeakerName Name of Commercial Interest and Nature of Relevant  Relationship
Candice Chen, MD Formal Advisor: ACGME-I Board of Directors; Full-time/Part-time employment: George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center; Ownership Interest (stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest): IBM, Berkshire Hathaway stock
Aaron Young, PhD Full-time/Part-time employment: VP Research and Data Integration for the Federation of State Medical Boards 

Additional speaker, course director, and planners at the Federation of State Medical Boards have no relevant financial interests to disclose.  

System Requirements
In order to view this presentation, your computer must have audio capabilities (working speakers or headphones) and must have an internet browser capable of playing an HTML5 video.

Instructions for Participants and Obtaining CME Credit
There is no fee for this activity. To receive credit and receive their certificates, participants must view this CME activity in its entirety and complete the evaluation. The estimated time for completion of this activity is 1 hour.