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Study Examines Current Staffing Practices of Iowa Emergency Departments

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) endorses emergency medicine (EM) residency training as the only legitimate pathway to practicing EM, yet the economic reality of Iowa’s rural population will continue to require the hiring of non-EM trained physicians. The objective of our study is to better understand the current staffing practices of Iowa emergency departments (EDs). Specifically, we seek to determine the Iowa community size required to support hiring an emergency physician (EP), identify the number of EDs staffed by advanced practice providers (APPs) in solo coverage in EDs, determine the changes in staffing over a 4-year period, and understand the market forces that contribute to staffing decisions.

Study Looks at Number of Board Certified EPs in Iowa Hospitals

This survey of the ED workforce in a predominantly rural state was conducted by phone interview with the management staff of all 119 Iowa hospitals that have emergency departments. The results were presented at the 2009 Scientific Assembly in Boston.