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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52 W INTER 2019 features programs. But among physicians who grew up in these areas, many need no convincing. Plenty of doctors return to their hometowns to join family practices, rural practices or the practices where they did their residencies. Returning to your residency A f t e r g r a d u a t i n g f r o m u C Davis Medical School in 2014 , Mooneyham returned to Redding with her husband, a civil engineer. She had done her residency in Redding and ended up taking a job there as a teaching faculty member at Shasta Community Health Center Family Medicine Program. She's also one of four core providers in their Medically Assisted Therapy clinic. There, she practices full- spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics and addiction medicine. Mooneyham enjoys filling the need for providers in a rural area, and she also enjoys the rural pace of life. "My commute to work is all of seven to eight minutes each way," she says. "The hospital is less than 10 minutes from the clinic. Most of the providers at our F qh C work four days per week, which helps me maintain a healthy work/ life balance." Brandon Allen, M.D., also chose to stick to his roots. Born in Fort Lauderdale, he attended medical school at Florida State University College of Medicine and residency at the University of Florida. He completed his residency and final year as chief resident in 2013 and joined the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine and the assistant medical director of the adult emergency department. Allen says his transition from chief resident to assistant professor was mostly seamless because he was already familiar with the university. "I knew the environment, and I wouldn't be starting over in a new place," he says. "I had created strong relationships with nurses, staff and providers outside of the e D over my residency that would be hard to replace or recreate." However, he says he did face an initial challenge in figuring out new working relationships with residents who had previously been his peers. "One day I was a resident, and the next I was an attending physician and faculty member," Allen says. "How would I be perceived by residents who I had shared a seat Fifteen years ago, J. Scott l itton, Jr., M.D., returned to his hometown of Pennington Gap, Virginia — which has a population of just over 1,700 — to open a family practice. See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at PHOTO BY Andy Stacy

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