By Richard Nelson, managing editor, June 01, 2015
Since 2007, fewer respondents have reported being in solo practice in each of the last four AAD Dermatology Practice Profile Surveys, which collect information about the nature of U.S. dermatology practice from practicing AAD member dermatologists. Soloists made up 44 percent of respondents in 2007, but the figure dropped to 40 percent in 2009, to 38 percent in 2012, and to 35 percent in the most recent survey, conducted in 2014 and tabulated this spring.
The dropoff was visible in all age groups; for instance, in 2012 only 18 percent of dermatologists under 40 were in solo practice, compared to 53 percent of dermatologists over 60; those figures dropped to 15 percent and 50 percent in the new survey. A longitudinal migration study would be necessary to show exactly how dermatologists move from one practice type to another during their careers, but the consistent drop suggests the trend is a response to broader changes in the health system. The Academy offers members a robust toolkit of resources to help determine the best practice model for them; visit www.aad.org/chooseyourownpractice to learn more.
See below for a detailed breakdown of dermatologists’ primary practice setting by age.