The United States needs more physicians to address the medical needs of existing Americans. Additional physicians are also needed to accommodate the country’s growing population. The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that while over 90,000 more physicians will be needed by 2020, 130,000 more will be required by 2025. According to research discussed in the article, “Projecting U.S. PrimaryCare Physician Workforce Needs: 2010-2025,” in order to provide for the United States’ health care utilization needs, nearly 52,000 more primary care physicians will specifically be needed by 2025.
Urgent care medicine is a growing specialty, however. Currently, there are 20,000 physicians that practice this important branch of medicine. Urgent care centers tend to be owned by a physician or