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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2017;28(3): 263-270.
국내 응급의학과 전문의 인력 및 업무량 분석
김원, 박준범
순천향대학교병원 응급의학과
Analysis on Workforce and Workload of Korean Emergency Physicians
Won Kim, Joonbum Park
Department Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence  Joonbum Park ,Tel: 02-710-3117, Fax: 02-795-3687, Email: jesumania@gmail.com,
Received: March 28, 2017; Revised: April 3, 2017   Accepted: June 5, 2017.  Published online: June 30, 2017.
The purpose of this study is to understand the workforce and the workload of emergency physicians based depending on their experiences.
This study analyzed the results of the 2015 Korean Emergency Physician Survey performed between August and October 2015.
Of the total 1,418 emergency physicians, 437 (30.8%) answered the questionnaire. One thousand one hundred twenty emergency physicians currently work in the emergency room and 415 (37.1%) of them responded to the questionnaire. There were 29,324 annual visitors to the emergency rooms in which the emergency physicians who responded to the questionnaire work, of which, 5,693 (19.4%) were hospitalized. Full time equivalent (FTE) per institution was 4.29, assuming that only one emergency physician was on duty in the each emergency room at any given time of day. Currently, the average number of physicians per institution is 4.3; therefore, the ratio of FTE to emergency physicians is about 1. However, according to the Korean Emergency Medicine Association, one emergency physician should treat 2.5 patients per hour. Based on this, the corrected FTE value should be 5.79, and the ratio of FTE to emergency physicians needs to be 0.74.
Based on this research, it is expected that emergency physicians will have a strategy for proper manpower supply.
Key words: Physicians, Emergency medicine, Manpower, Workload
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