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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Page 22 of 83 W INTER 2019 23 C A R E E R M OV E me to diagnose over the internet and not make an appointment. Was there anything about working in a small community that surprised you? Honestly, no. When I was in medical school, I was required to do a rural medicine rotation, so I came back here. I worked with a physician who is my mentor, David Barbe, M.D. Same thing in residency. I had the experience early on and I did all of my rotations with him. He was inaugurated as president of the AMA. I would ride with him to deliver babies 30 minutes away, and he would give me life advice about what it was like to really be a rural physician. It's not 8 to 5 even if you don't deliver babies. He really prepared me well for this career, so there were very few surprises. What's your advice for physicians who are considering a rural practice? Try it out and take it for a test drive. Take the time to do some rotations in the area that you want to consider going. I came back here because I married my high school sweetheart and he wanted to come back. If you're in a relationship with someone, it's important for your spouse or significant other to be 100 percent on board with living in rural area. If they're not happy, the physician won't be happy. It's been an honor to take care of my patients and family members. I continue to learn so much from my patients each and every day. I'm fortunate that I was able to return home and take care of people who matter to me. Win! Find your next practice— and enter to win a $500 gift card— at Family brought l ori MacPherson, M.D., back to practice in a rural area. There are other benefits: "I don't have to be in a big city and fight traffic with the added stressors." See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at PHOTO BY Zayne Williams

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