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WINTER 2015 49 2 0 1 5 AN N UAL Quality of Life issue important to you. For Prakash and his family, small-town life offered many advantages. On the personal side, outdoor activities dominate and traf- f c is minimal. "It's a better quality of life," he says. On the professional side, smaller towns like Paris are good for general- ists, he says. "You see a wider range of patients—a broader spectrum of diseases here" than in larger city hospi- tals and practices where care is "super- specialized." The medical community is very close-knit, and there is more interaction among doctors; "everyone knows everyone." The close proximity builds a bond within the community that is good for doctors. "There is a sense of brotherhood," he says, which would be less likely to occur within a major metropolitan area with millions of residents. Overall, Prakash says Paris is "slower paced" than Detroit, and that's a good thing. He sees 20 to 25 patients a day (fairly typical for oncol- ogy, he says), and that pace allows him to give each patient more personal attention. Because of the small-town atmosphere and geography, physicians and their patients frequently run into each other outside the office, and those casual connections help build a personal bond. Evaluating your options But life for an oncologist in Paris, Texas, is different than life in Chicago or Dallas. Each type of community has its own pluses and minuses, depending on what you're after. The main differences Prakash sees between large cities, suburbs and smaller towns are the level of special- ization and the time available for outside interests. R E L AT E D Take it from me… · magazine/featured/take-it-from-me The larger the community, the more medical specialization there is because the larger population requires it. The pace of life and practice also tends to be faster in general at larger practices and hospitals, which can affect the time you have available for personal interests and pursuits. Small towns are best for generalists interested in a slower pace, observes Prakash. Patients in need of a special- ist are more likely to travel to a major city for specialized care because there simply isn't enough demand in a town of a few thousand people. That means that patients in need of a generalist Continued In your job search, are you considering rural areas? Yes No Haven't thought about it inSight Surveys In a recent survey, PracticeLink's physician relations team found that 78 percent of physicians surveyed said they are considering rural areas in their job search. What would sway the others? Proximity to larger cities, quality of life, loan repayment, the town's amenities and the hospital's reputation topped the list. 78 % 20 % 2% I L LU S T R AT I O N B Y M AT T W O O D

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