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    Job hunting harder for older doctors

    Physicians with lots of experience get fewer job offers from hospitals and physician placement firms than their younger, less-experienced peers, a new study has found.

    Physicians more than 16 years out of residency applied for an average of eight positions over the previous 2 years and received an average of 2.1 offers. Physicians less than 15 years out of residency applied for an average of 8.3 positions and received an average of 7.9 offers.

    Nearly 29% of the more-experienced physicians reported receiving no responses to job applications, but only 8% of the younger physicians reported that experience.

    The online survey of 1,072 physicians was conducted in October 2011 by The Medicus Firm, a physician search firm.

    "At such a critical time of increased demand for the physician workforce, many qualified, capable physician candidates are possibly being overlooked by recruiters and employers," a Medicus spokesman said.

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