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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PracticeLink.com W INTER 2019 51 features t H e Q UAL it Y OF Li F e i SSU e ▲ ▲ ▲ ANAYAT DURRANI T he SAY ING G oe S : " h o M e IS W he R e T he heart is." And for many physicians, this holds true when it comes to deciding where to practice. That was certainly the case for Amanda Mooneyham, M.D., MP h . No matter where school or work took her, she always planned to return to the Northern California town of Redding, where she grew up, to serve the medically underserved in her community. "W hen I started medical school, a community health needs assessment showed that Shasta County, California, needed an additional 17 primary care physicians just to meet the existing needs of the community — and [that] didn't account for those leaving the workforce through migration or retirement," says Mooneyham. This was in 2009, and Mooneyham says the needs of her community have not improved since — even though many more people in the area have been able to access care through the Affordable Care Act. In fact, this is the pattern nationwide. As residencies and high-paying specialties lure physicians to big cities, rural areas like Shasta County, which encompasses the city of Redding, are experiencing a shortage of health care providers. Many states are trying to attract doctors to rural areas with financial incentives, such as federal- or state-funded student loan reimbursement or repayment The These physicians chose to practice where their roots were. Their stories can help you, too, decide if moving back is the right call. way back home

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