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Subject: physician population
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: sg-ga
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Posted: 15 May 2002 16:32 PDT
Expires: 22 May 2002 16:32 PDT
Question ID: 16472
how many medical doctors (M.D.) are licensed in the United States?

Request for Question Clarification by mvguy-ga on 15 May 2002 17:09 PDT
Do you want the number with valid licenses or the number actually
practicing.  Thanks!
Subject: Re: physician population
Answered By: weisstho-ga on 15 May 2002 18:23 PDT
Dear SG,

According to the Bureau of Census’ Statistical Abstract of the United
States, as of December 31, 1998, there were 777,900 Medical Doctors in
the United States (including Puerto Rico and “outlaying areas”).

 In addition, there were 40,800 Doctors of Osteopathy.  See the table
at: and scroll
down to frame 19 (which is page 123, Table 186).

In addition, the Statistical Abstract provides quite a bit of
amplifying detail, for example:

Professionally Active:  707,000
U.S. Educated:  533,400
Foreign Educated:  173,400

Male:  538,900
Female:  168,100

In 1980  there were 467,700 M.D.’s, 
1985 there were 552,700
1990 = 615,400
1995 = 720,300
1998 = 777,500

In addition, the information is broken down by specialty. Neighboring
tables include data concerning nurses and other professionals employed
in health care professions.

I hope that this gives you the data you desire. If there is any
amplification, PLEASE ask for clarification.

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