Physician Census Identifies 953,695 Actively Licensed Physicians in U.S.
Jul 21, 2017 - 1:11:36 PM

( - Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) released an advance copy of its “2016 Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States.” The census, released every two years in the Journal of Medical Regulation, uses data received by the FSMB from the nation’s state medical and osteopathic licensing boards.

Key findings of the 2016 census include:

“In these times, it is important that policy makers, medical regulators and consumers have unbiased, accurate data with which to make educated decisions on health care,” said Humayun Chaudhry, DO, MACP, President and CEO of the FSMB.

“Many parts of our country are feeling the effects of an increasing physician shortage,” said Gregory B. Snyder, MD, Chair of the FSMB Board of Directors. “The wealth of data that this census provides can play a significant role in understanding the needs of our health care workforce and help to identify areas in which we can innovate and expand access to care.”

The biennial census was first conducted in 2010, and again in 2012 and 2014. Combined, these censuses demonstrate a growing and more diverse physician population than ever before.

To view the full 2016 census, including infographics, methodology and discussion, please click here.

About the Federation of State Medical Boards

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national non-profit organization representing all medical boards within the United States and its territories that license and discipline allopathic and osteopathic physicians and, in some jurisdictions, other health care professionals. The FSMB serves as the voice for state medical boards, supporting them through education, assessment, research and advocacy while providing services and initiatives that promote patient safety, quality health care and regulatory best practices. To learn more about FSMB, visit You can also follow FSMB on Twitter (@theFSMB).



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