“This study uses US census and national survey data to investigate the proportion of married physicians who have highly educated spouses, and the odds of the couple living and working in rural underserved areas.
Physician undersupply in rural areas remains a problem, despite efforts to improve the workforce distribution. Rural origin, age, and sex have been linked to physician choice of rural settings. An additional factor may be that many physicians have highly educated spouses with independent careers, which may constrain their ability to locate in rural areas. We investigated the prevalence of physicians with highly educated spouses and whether having such a spouse was associated with working in rural underserved areas.”