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ACD Biomedical Workforce Working Group Data


Unemployed Biomedical Workforce

Note about how MDs & MD/PhDs are defined in this workforce box:

Physicians characterized as "Unemployed" include those characterized as "Inactives" as categorized by the AMA Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US, 2012 Edition.

Definition of "Inactive":

  • Inactives include physicians who are retired, semiretired, working part-time, temporarily not in practice, or not active for other reasons and who indicated they worked 20 hours or less per week.


  • Estimate of total physicians in the workforce from AMA: Total MDs, Ages <35-65 = 727,525
  • Estimate of total physicians from combined sources identified by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director BMW: 827,658
  • Unemployed MD and MD/PhDs account for 2.3% of the MD and MD/PhD workforce between the ages of <35-65