Physician Surveys and Studies

The New England Journal of Medicine’s Recruitment Advertising Department and its companion website, NEJM CareerCenter ( has commissioned a number of studies and physician surveys throughout the years to help physician recruiters better understand attitudes, trends and behaviors among job-seeking physicians.

NEJM CareerCenter sponsored these studies to help inform physician recruiters and to provide information that is practical and actionable in regards to helping with the identification of high-quality physician candidates, as well as other physician recruitment and retention efforts. 

Understanding Millennial Physicians Job Seekers: An Updated Look

In our original study in 2019, we surveyed over 200 millennial physicians to understand their job-seeking behaviors. At the time, the vast majority (94%) of final-year residents and fellows were millennials.* Since then, millennials have nearly taken over the entire group at 99%. Further cementing the importance of this cohort when it comes to a recruitment pipeline.

Amid the toll of a global pandemic and its infiltrating effect on the health care industry, we revisit these questions to see what has changed. During this historic time, it is essential to understand millennial preferences.


How Millennial Physicians Search for Jobs

In an effort to equip physician recruiters with valuable new insights, the NEJM CareerCenter surveyed over 200 millennial physicians on their jobseeking behaviors, including their preferred methods of communication, likes and dislikes of the job search processes, and much more. This white paper  highlights key findings from the study.

Online Job Posting Study

How Physicians Respond to Online Job Postings

Online job postings are a critical tactic in sourcing physicians in today’s competitive talent marketplace. And while it is clear that most physician employers use this marketing tool to find qualified candidates, there is little guidance available on how to make online job postings more effective.

Online job postings are advertisements whose primary purpose is to encourage a candidate to respond to an employer’s solicitation. In order to learn what attributes of an online job posting physicians are most likely to respond to, NEJM CareerCenter contracted with MedPanel to conduct a blind independent study.



How to Create Effective Physician Recruitment Display Ads

The physician recruitment landscape is extremely competitive. As recruiters continue to source from a finite group of physicians, the importance of executing effective and efficient advertising is paramount. Understanding how physicians respond to employment marketing materials is key to optimizing recruitment advertising

Passive Job Seeker White Paper
Understanding the Physician Passive Jobseeker

Understanding the passive jobseeker is key in order to reach the largest pool of candidates.

The NEJM CareerCenter recently commissioned Digital Research Inc., (DRI) to conduct a blind study of physicians in the United States to gauge their different levels of job-seeking activities. The study reveals that approximately 77–86% of the physician population are passive job seekers. This white paper summarizes the key findings of the study.


2010 How Physicians Search for Jobs
This physician survey provides information regarding the most frequently used and most helpful sources for job leads for physicians both in print and online. Additionally, it identifies social networking usage during the job search and the features, services and types of physician job-seeking websites considered most valuable. 

Essential Journal Study 2015

2015 Essential Journal Study


Essential Physician Journals Study 2013

2013 Essential Journal Study

Essential Physician Journals Study 2011

2011 Essential Journal Study
This physician study provides information on the journals physicians rank as “essential”, meaning they take time and make an effort to read them. Essential journals are shown to be read sooner, read more thoroughly and passed on more frequently than journals considered to be of secondary importance or categorized as “throw-aways”. Additionally, this study provides the top sources of job leads that physician in the IM and IM subspecialties would utilize in a future job search.