In a recent article, MDLinx named the Best States to Practice Medicine in the US. To determine the results, the writers considered both career and lifestyle factors. Career factors including highest physician compensation, lowest cost of living, low physician density, lowest cost of malpractice insurance, tax friendliness and general quality of healthcare. Lifestyle factors included quality of life, best places for families, cultural activities, availability and quality of higher education, and healthy lifestyle.
A Wallethub article posted in March 2019, the Best and Worst States for Doctors results were based on Opportunity and Competition, as well as the Medical Environment. They reviewed things like physicians annual and monthly average salaries, hospitals per capita, percentage of insured population, and share of elderly population. Pertaining to the medical environment, they considered quality of the hospital systems, hospital safety, physician’s assistants per capita, as well as the punitiveness of the local medical board and other malpractice factors.
Obviously, if you happen to live in one of the states listed on the top of the lists, you will be happy. Or if you have been dreaming of buying a ranch in North Dakota when you start your practice, you may be in luck. But we all know that the geographic location is only one of the factors in selecting where you will practice medicine.
Out clients typically have a few locations in mind by the time we meet. They have chosen locations based on the factors that are important to them personally and might include locations where they have family, where they grew up, or where they went to college. Some may have dreamed of working near the beach or practicing in a large city. Some have their eye on a distinguished healthcare organization or private practice. And some of our future doctors are looking for recommendations from our network.
The reality is the best place to practice medicine is the place that fits your needs. It is a personal decision. It’s one that will require clear-minded analysis, advice from trusted family or friends, and a professional agent that will work on your behalf to help you sort through all the information you will have in front of you. The professional Career Consultants at Physician Placement Concierge act as your “agent.”
To find the best career placement we help prioritize your list of needs and wants. We identify the right organizations, arrange meetings and site visits. We then work to negotiate a package that meet your needs. We will provide information and research on the cities where you might live, including career and lifestyle factors per the articles mentioned above, but always placed in the context of what is the best fit for your career and your life. What are the best places for you to practice medicine in the country? Together we will figure that out!
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