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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 74 of 83 W INTER 2019 75 live & practice Zink's career has included teaching, research and administration in the academic setting. Now a physician at Care New England, a health system that includes several hospitals in Rhode Island, Zink chose her current role because it allows her to work in academics while also seeing patients part-time. According to Jean Butler, Medical Group C oo at Care New England, the focus the health system places on teaching partnerships with Brown University and University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine is a big draw for physicians who are considering a job with the network. Butler says that Ca re New England's physician-dominated board of directors has a positive impact on the organization. "It's 80 percent physician participation, and they really do lead the group and where the group is going," she says. In addition to Care New England's hospitals, other medical facilities in the region include Rhode Island Hospital (the state's largest hospital), Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Miriam Hospital (noted for cardiac care), among others. Plus, Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School is a leader in medical education and biomedical research. As for why physicians might want to relocate to the greater Providence area, other than the jobs themselves, Butler says Providence's status as a "mini Boston" is one good reason. "It has all the elements of a major city," says Butler. Despite being convenient to Boston and New York, locals don't have to leave town for culture, great cuisine or exciting events. Providence's signature event is WaterFire, an award-winning fire sculpture installation situated in the heart of downtown on three of Providence's rivers. Other cultural opportunities include exhibits at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, gallery nights at venues across the city, and a restaurant week that features nearly 100 restaurants. For kids, there is Roger Williams Park Zoo, which is the third oldest zoo in the country. There is also the Providence Children's Museum, the Providence Children's Film Festival, and the Pawtucket Red Sox. And of course, you can get outside. "Rhode Island sits on the coast, so people who live here like boating and swimming," says Butler. For Zink's partner, in particular, being in Rhode Island was a perfect fit. "My partner is from the West Coast, so he was ready to see the ocean again," says Zink. "We have loved walking the rocky beach with our dog, Conner, who is enjoying the seafood and learning not to drink the saltwater," she adds. And, says Zink, her role at Care New England and the ability to work part-time in fa m ily med icine g ives her time to pursue another passion — writing. She is writing a trilogy of international aid novels that feature a family physician.

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