PracticeLink Magazine

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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Page 76 of 83 S UMMER 2019 77 live & practice to name a few destinations, getting in and out of Rapid City is easy. That is, if you run out of things to do in South Dakota — and that's not likely to happen. With events like the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, the Black Hills Film Festival, countless family-friendly programs and distinct restaurants, all ages can enjoy what the city offers. And when in doubt, you can get outside. With so much natural beauty in the region, places from the Badlands to the Black Hills will keep you coming back for more. Boise, Idaho Boise, Idaho, sits in the high desert, right along the Boise River. It has been named a "Top 10 City for Active Families" by Outside Magazine, and adventure lovers will be delighted to discover how true that is. The city also has great food, breweries and wineries, and a thriving downtown scene. With expanding regional health systems, hospitals are evolving to meet the needs of the region's growing population while maintaining their community feel. I N S o M e WAYS , Bo IS e IS ex ACT l Y W h AT you would expect: a city with easy access to mountains, rivers and lakes. Breathtaking scenery is the norm here, and it is impossible to get bored outdoors when each season offers new recreation and exploration opportunities. But in other ways, it surprises. If you have never visited Boise, you might not know that more people of Basque descent live in the Boise area, per capita, than any other place outside the Basque regions of Southern France and Northern Spain. "In Boise, the Basque culture is alive and well," says Carrie Westergard, executive director of the Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau. To experience the culture, residents head to the Basque Block, where they can enjoy the Basque Museum, restaurants that feature Basque cooking, and the Basque Market, stocked with traditional wines and food. The Basque Center, built in 1949, offers community events like Basque dancing. The lively downtown nightlife is another thing that might surprise you about Boise. But with a population of approximately 225,000 and a greater metro area population of around 700,000, Boise is the most populous city in Idaho. There is plenty to do here, even if you are less inclined to hit the ski slopes or hop on a mountain coaster ride. (More on that in a moment.) Arts and cultural offerings in Boise include the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, the Boise Philharmonic, Zoo Boise, the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial and more. If you are a sports enthusiast, you can check out the famous blue turf football field where the Boise State Broncos play or catch an Idaho Steelheads hockey game or a Boise Hawks baseball game. So, about that mountain coaster. You'll find that at Bogus Basin, a ski area with 37,000 acres available for downhill and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. During the summer, you can hike and bike the terrain, or ride the chairlift or mountain coaster for a different vantage point. According to Westergard, in the summer, you will find residents floating on the Boise River, hiking or biking over 190 miles of trails in the foothills of the nearby mountains, or walking or running the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt, which snakes along the Boise River as it runs through the city. "Each season offers the most amazing scenery changes and new activities to do outside," says Whitney Clark, a physician recruiter at St. Luke's Health System. That is part of what she conveys to candidates considering Boise. "You get to live in a city that is large enough to provide great access and state-of-the-art health care, however it's small enough that you can live 10 miles away from work and get to work in 10 minutes, rather than sitting in traffic for an hour," says Clark.

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