2010 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives - AMN Healthcare

November 14, 2012

2010 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives

The review analyzes three key physician recruiting trends: which types of physicians are in greatest demand, what type of communities and practice settings are physicians being recruited, and lastly, the types of financial and other incentives that are being used to recruit physicians.


Merritt Hawkins is a national healthcare search and consulting firm specializing in the recruitment of physicians in all medical specialties as well as select allied health professionals. Established in 1987, Merritt Hawkins is an AMN Healthcare company. AMN Healthcare is the nation’s largest healthcare staffing organization and the leading nationwide provider in all four of its business lines: travel nurse staffing, locum tenens staffing, physician permanent placement services and allied healthcare professional staffing. 

This report marks Merritt Hawkins’ 17th annual review of the search and consulting assignments we conduct on behalf of our clients. 

The 2010 Review is based on the 2,813 permanent physician search and advance allied professional search assignments that Merritt Hawkins/AMN Healthcare’s physician staffing companies were engaged to conduct during the 12-month period from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010. 

The intent of the Review is to quantify financial and other incentives offered by our clients to physician candidates during the course of recruitment. The range of incentives detailed in the Review may be used as a benchmark for evaluating which recruitment incentives are customary and competitive in today’s physician job market. The Review is based on a national sample of search assignments and provides an indication of which medical specialties are currently in the greatest demand.