Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Physician workforce report co-authored by alumna Andrae

Physician workforce report co-authored by alumna Andrae

Richelle Andrae (MPA ’17) co-authored the 2018 Healthcare Workforce Report published by the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education & Workforce (WCMEW).

The report is the latest in a series of WCMEW publications about the current and projected supply and demand for physician services in Wisconsin. It provides a snapshot of Wisconsin’s physician workforce, along with a forecast for primary care physician (PCP) supply and demand in the year 2035. The report also highlights best practices and workforce challenges.

“New education and training programs have shown positive results in PCP expansion and retention across Wisconsin,” the report said. “However, demand for PCPs, driven by an expanding and aging population, will outpace projected supply.”

The report projects a shortfall of 745 full-time equivalent PCPs by 2035, although there is wide variance among hospital services areas.

WCMEW Executive Director George Quinn co-authored the report with Andrae, a program analyst for the organization. Andrae also is a part-time program specialist with the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project at UW–Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health.