PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 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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82 S PRIN g 2019 live & practice you back to days goneby," says Canaday-Thompson. There are also classic car shows, fairs and festivals, some of which celebrate the region's farming culture. Venues for the arts and history include the French Art Colony, the Bob Evans Farm and Homestead Museum, and the Ohio Valley Symphony at the Ariel Theatre. An undercurrent of history also runs through the town, with the fleur-de- lis adorning downtown architecture and serving as a reminder of the French and Welsh populations that settled the region in the 1790s. Locals and visitors who want outdoor recreation do not have to go far at all. With just a quick drive, you can find "some of the best skiing and whitewater rafting in the eastern United States," says Canaday-Thompson. The region also has opportunities for camping, kayaking, hiking, cycling, hunting and mountain biking. Bryant says he particularly enjoys learning about the agricultural aspect of the commu nity. He interacts with farmers and livestock ow ners a nd appreciates how knowledgeable they are. Futhermore, he enjoys hearing the local lingo and being affectionately called "Bub." He has gotten to know people in the community not only through the hospital and his dance and fitness classes, but also his church group. For Bryant, Gallipolis was the right place to do his residency, and now, it is the right place for him to live and work. He has a sense of purpose as a physician at Holzer. "I feel that I can make a difference, a nd I a m pa r t of someth i ng special," he says. Asheville, North Carolina A picturesque small city situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is a draw for outdoor enthusiasts. With just under 90,000 inhabitants, its patient populations are both city-dwellers and residents of the surrounding counties. People flock to Asheville not only for the outdoors, but also for the burgeoning entrepreneurship opportunities, the farm-to-table food and the cultural offerings. A S h e V I l l e , N o R T h Carolina, was not a place Adam Kaufman, M.D., just ended up. Instead, it was a place he sought. After attending medical school at Harvard University, Kaufman went on to do his residency at Duke University. Durham and Asheville are over three hours away from each other, but Kaufman says he and his wife spent a fair amount of time exploring the smaller city. "Given the amazing access to outdoors, fantastic people and wonderful environment, we knew it was an ideal place to settle and raise a family," he says. An orthopedic trauma surgeon, K au f ma n a lso completed a n orthopedic trauma residency at the University of Maryland. Throughout his training, he was always drawn to the technical aspects of orthopedics; he likes the variety of patients he sees and the acuity of the problems. "It is sometimes daunting to meet patients after a major injury, but it provides an amazing opportunity to help them reach their fullest potential for recovery," he says. Kaufman is employed by Mission Health, the state's sixth largest health system. According to Misti Dixon, senior physician recruiter at Mission Health, Mission operates six hospitals, the region's only dedicated Level II trauma center, and numerous outpatient and su rgery centers, among other services. It has the distinction of being the only North Carolina hospital to be named one of the nation's "Top 15 Health Systems" by IBM Watson. Kaufman says he feels fortunate to be at a place like Mission, and that the people are "outstanding." According to Dixon, Mission's ability to grow, thrive, and continue to serve the people of western North Carolina is what makes it attractive to candidates. There's a new tower dedicated to advanced medicine that's under construction, and she sees this as an emblem of Mission's role in the community. "I think providers are not only interested, but encouraged by this construction as this is a reflection of growth, stability, need and commitment," she says. "All of these things make our health system even more attractive to the physician and advanced practitioner population." M ission Health is cu rrently recruiting for community medicine, cardiology, anesthesia, trauma, pulmonology and critical care, emergency services, behavioral health and oncology, among others. "The list goes on, which is another reflection of growth," says Dixon. Providers at Mission also have the opportunity to see a wide variety of patients from both rural and urban populations, given that the organization serves a wide geographic area. Mission's size

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