PracticeLink Magazine

Winter 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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22 W INTER 2019 ▼ T HE Qu AL I T y O f L I f E ISS u E D E P A R T M E N T S Career Move M a RC ia t R a V el S tea D a nswering the call of rural medicine Returning home gave this physician the chance to care for the people who matter most to her. Name: Lori MacPherson, M.D. Employer: Affiliated with Cox North Hospital, Mountain Grove, Missouri Education Undergraduate: Missouri State University, Springfield Medical: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia Residency: Cox Family Practice Residency, Springfield Professional accomplishments for MacPherson include board certification in family medicine, being in the top 10 percent of her medical school class and being featured on "Mystery Diagnosis" on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She enjoys kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping and scuba diving. MacPherson practices in Mountain Grove, Missouri, which has a population of about 4,500. What do you like about being a physician in a rural area? I don't have to be in a big city and fight traffic with the added stressors. It's only an hour away to drive to a good size mall in Springfield, Missouri. We have fresh air. It's easy to get someone to help you do things. We keep an eye out for each other, so when we see something unusual, we act. I do administrative work for a hospital that's an hour away. Physicians there ask me why I stay here. The bottom line is, as doctors, we're all working hard to maintain our livelihoods no matter where we live. What are the challenges? As a doctor and a family doctor in general, I'm a caregiver. Being in a small town, I tend to know a lot about my patients and their families. It can be very difficult at times. When I do something as simple as go to Walmart, it's hard to get out of there because I get stopped and asked questions. For example, one time a lady grabbed her husband to talk to me about his symptoms because he wouldn't make an appointment. I have two sons, one who's outspoken. When he was little, he'd say to people, "Can you please quit asking questions because we really want to get out of here?" I also am no longer on Facebook because people want

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