Workforce Recruitment and Retention
A Survey of the Vermont Primary Care Workforce
The three community-based Area Health Education Centers conduct an annual survey of all primary care practices in its region to get a snapshot of the supply and distribution of primary care practitioners (PCPs). This inventory guides AHEC’s program development to address needs of the current workforce, as well as identifies emerging workforce shortages. This Vermont Primary Care Workforce Snapshot report is a compilation of the three regional surveys.
Averaging all practitioners across the state, the overall supply of PCPs is under adequate levels, using benchmarks established by the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee Report (GMENAC). A more refined examination of the workforce in each primary care specialty, as well as within regions of the state, shows areas of both adequacy and shortage. Key findings from the 2018 Snapshot include the following:
- During the two-year period of 2016 to 2018, the overall number of primary care practitioners in Vermont grew; however a shortage of internal medicine/adult primary care practitioners continued statewide.
- Since 2016 and prior, the supply of physicians decreased while the supply of APRNs and PA-Cs increased.
- In some counties, a shortage of physicians is counter-balanced to some degree by a supply of APRNs and PA-Cs.
New Hampshire-Vermont Recruitment Center
The New Hampshire Vermont Recruitment Center, a service of Bi-State Primary Care Association, is the only non-profit recruitment resource in New Hampshire and Vermont for health care professionals. Our mission is to recruit and retain primary care providers in New Hampshire and Vermont with emphasis on the needs of medically underserved areas and populations. We recruit physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and bachelor/master level behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment providers.
The Bi-State Recruitment Center can be found at: https://www.bistaterecruitmentcenter.org/
Workforce Opportunities in Southern Vermont
Hospitals in southern Vermont regularly post job openings. Click here for links to all of the hospital web sites in our region: (link to our resource page)
Physician Placement Services
The University of Vermont Medical Center residents and fellows seeking to practice in Vermont, in any specialty, have access to the AHEC Physician Placement Professional, Jennifer Savage. Placement services include: letting residents/fellows know where the physician openings are in their specialty, connecting them to the appropriate contact for the opening, and letting them know about national and state educational loan repayment opportunities for primary care positions.
The University of Vermont Medical Center residents and fellows interested in practicing in Vermont should contact:
Physician Placement Professional