Iowa board sees increase in physician licenses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Medicine says more physicians are seeking to work in Iowa.

The board says in its annual report released Friday that it issued 815 new licenses in 2012. That’s up from 776 in in 2011 and 709 in 2010.

The report shows there are 6,700 physicians practicing in Iowa and 691 physicians in the state’s residency training programs.

At the end of 2012, the board administered 11,134 active physician licenses, which includes doctors who work in Iowa but have a primary practice in another state.

The board says the increase in license applicants means more physicians are establishing practices in Iowa and more non-residents are working on temporary assignments in the state. Some also are using telecommunication from outside Iowa for specialties such as radiology and pathology.

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