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Summer 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 S UMMER 2019 67 the I nterv I ew issue safe neighborhood and reasonable price for the Bay Area. She was in the Bay Area so she would FaceTime me so I could look at potential apartments." "Many of our residents have roommates or significant others that they split their rent with," Simms-Mackey says. "It's rare for a resident to be able to afford to live alone or purchase a house in the Bay Area." Determine a realistic timeline For physicians moving to another city or state, careful planning can serve to eliminate any potential surprises that might arise along the way. Looking back on his move from M innesota to Pa l mer Tow nsh ip, Pennsylvania, pediatrician David Bu rnham, M .D., wishes he had allowed for additional time in planning his move. "I didn't realize how long it wou ld ta ke to close on our new home i n P e n n s y l v a n i a o r that obtaining medical licensure in a different state would take three months," Burnham says. "I mistakenly thought both processes would be similar to Minnesota." Because they couldn't move into their home right away, Burnham and his family lived in an extended stay hotel for three weeks after arriving in Pennsylvania and had to store their furniture and other belongings in a storage unit. Although he is very happy in his new job and location, Burnham wishes he had started the job search process sooner and built in extra time for purchasing a home, obtaining licensure and becoming familiar with the new area. The timing, however, worked out. "In retrospect, I'm glad we planned the move to coincide with our kids' school schedule," says Burnham, whose kids are 12, 15 and 21. "They were able to finish the school year at their school in Minnesota and then start the new school year in Pennsylvania." Conduct due diligence online Thanks to the internet, researching the cost of living, potential housing, and different cities and states has never been easier. Damon Davis, M.D., a urologist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, says he was able to conduct a lot of research on l i ne before he relocated from East Lansing, Michigan. " I g re w u p i n t he Baltimore area, so while I was familiar with the area, I was also able to look up things online such as school rankings and test scores for my three children," Davis says. "I also connected with a realtor and supplemented that by looking at homes online and determining their proximity to the hospital and schools." Sites such as NerdWallet.com offer a free cost of living calculator that compares the cost of living in a physician's current city to the cost of living in cities where they are applying for jobs. Niche.com has rankings of the best school districts in the country and links to nearby homes. Planning carefully for a move, embracing resources that can make the transition easier, and anticipating the issues that may arise can make the move easier for your whole family. Win! Find your next practice—and enter to win a $500 gift card—at PracticeLink.com/Win. Planning carefully for a move, embracing resources that can make the transition easier, and anticipating the issues that may arise can make the move easier for your whole family.

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