TABLE 7-1 Estimates of the Supply of Selected Physician Types Available to Provide or Ensure the Provision of Psychosocial Health Services

Type of Physician Specialty Credential or Membership Status Amount
Internal Medicine Board certifieda (2006)Member of American College of Physiciansb (2006) 186,868120,000
Family Medicine Board certifiedc (2006)Member of American Academy of Family Physiciansd (2006)66,42194,000
Pediatrics Board certifiede (2005)Member of American Academy of Pediatricsf (2006)84,82660,000
Psychiatry Board certifiedg (2005)Member of American Psychiatric Associationh (2006) 43,85035,000
Medical Oncology Board certifieda (2006)Member of American Society of Clinical Oncologyi (2006)10,01620,000
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Board certifiede (2006)Member of American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncologyj (2006)1,8841,000

NOTE: Estimates of board-certified physicians are based on the number of valid certificates issued, and may not accurately reflect the number of currently practicing physicians in the United States. Also, because provider types may be credentialed as well as licensed or hold more than one credential, the numbers in each category are not mutually exclusive.

SOURCE: Numbers of board-certified physicians come from the


American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM, 2006a);


American College of Physicians (ACP, 2006);


American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM, 2006c);


American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP, 2006);


American Board of Pediatrics (ABP, 2006b); and


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2006);


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN, 2006b).


Personal communication, Lisa Corchado, American Psychiatric Association, September 4, 2007;


American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO, 2006); and


American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO, 2006).

From: 7, Preparing the Workforce

Cover of Cancer Care for the Whole Patient
Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Psychosocial Services to Cancer Patients/Families in a Community Setting; Adler NE, Page AEK, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2008.
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