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5 Specialties With Lowest Percentages of Active MDs & DOs

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Geriatric medicine included the lowest percentage of active physicians with Doctor of Medicine degrees, whereas plastic surgery included the lowest percentage of active physicians with Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degrees in 2010, according to the "2012 Physician Specialty Data Book," prepared by the Center for Workforce Studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The primary data sources for this report include the American Medical Association 2011 Physician Masterfile, population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and the AAMC/AMA National Graduate Medical Education Census.

The five specialties with the lowest percentage of active physicians with an MD degree in 2010 were:

•    Physical medicine and rehabilitation — 60.5 percent
•    Internal medicine — 58.2 percent
•    Neonatal-perinatal medicine — 58.1 percent
•    Nephrology — 54.6 percent
•    Geriatric medicine — 46.9 percent

The five specialties with the lowest percentage of active physicians with a DO degree in 2010 were:

•    Urology — 2 percent
•    Radiation oncology — 1.8 percent
•    Neurological surgery — 1.6 percent
•    Thoracic surgery — 1.5 percent
•    Plastic surgery — 1.2 percent

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