Nationwide Infectious Disease Physician Shortage Amplified Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
A new study shows that 79.5 percent of US counties have zero infectious disease physicians. The study also found that counties with the most COVID-19 cases have few or no ID specialists. From 2019 to 2020, ID programs in the US received only 0.8 applicant for every available position. While 38 percent of programs could not find a qualified candidate for training slots, 19 percent saw every training slot go unfilled. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the concerning long-term shortage of infectious disease physicians.
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