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This year, the 11 faculty obstetrician-gynecologists at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine have delivered an average of nearly 300 babies a month — 10 percent more than in 2018. It’s the second straight year that monthly deliveries have risen 10 percent from the year before.

But as the practice’s workload has spiked, their staff has stayed flat — something they are eager to address.

Across the United States, a growing physician shortage has hit doctors in both primary and specialty health care. For years, obstetrics and gynecology have been among the worst affected, with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists projecting in 2011 that the U.S. would have a shortage of 8,800 obstetrician-gynecologists by 2020 (the 2011 projection is the latest available from the college).

A Doximity study found Las Vegas was most likely to experience a shortage of OBs, followed by Salt Lake City, then Miami. Portland, San Jose, and San Francisco were ranked at low risk.

Meanwhile, half of all U.S. counties lack a single obstetrician-gynecologist, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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