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42 WINTER 2015 2 0 1 5 AN N UAL Quality of Life issue A sense of place Giving thought to the size and type of community you enjoy the most helps shape your job search and improve your chances of success. B y Mar cia L ay ton Turner P hysicians practicing in Manhattan, Kansas, have a different set of day-to- day experiences than those practicing in Manhattan, New York—but each environment is perfectly suited for different types of people. As you begin evaluating your next career move, what type of community will be your best f t? Do you need a major metropolitan area for your specialty? Would seeing a wider variety of cases in small-town America be your best move? Or is a suburban practice your perfect f t? There is no one-size-f ts-all answer for every- one. Depending on your own experiences, career goals, outside interests, personal connections and employment offers, you can zero in on the type and size of place that will make you happiest. Because isn't that what life after residency is all about—f nding a place to call home? For many residents, the search for a place to live and work often starts back where they grew up, whether that was a small town of 500 people, suburbia or a bustling metropolis. "Where physicians grew up often drives where residents want to practice," observes Linda Gommesen, faspr, a physician recruiter with Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich. Those raised in a big city often want to end up close to a big city, she has found, while residents who grew up in the suburbs or smaller towns may want a similar upbringing for their own children. But not always. Continued on page 44

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