PracticeLink Magazine

Winter 2018

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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6 W INTER 2018 OPPORTUNITIES Cardiology-General, Endocrinology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine-Pediatric, Nephrology, Neurology, Orthopedics- Surgery-Spine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Critical Care, Surgery- General, Surgery-Neurological CONTACT MegAnne Townsend, Physician Recruiter White River Health System Batesville, AR 72501 Local: (870) 262-6545 Fax: (870) 698-0950 YOUR FUTURE AWAITS. YOUR CAREER AWAITS. YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS. Arkansas White River Health System is a regional healthcare organization serving a ten-county area of more than 110,000 that includes Batesville, Mountain View and Cherokee Village, Arkansas. Here you'll find a fulfilling career and a lifestyle well-suited to those who enjoy outdoor activities. The area offers an affordable cost of living, quality school systems, and residents with a friendly, welcoming nature. lau R a J ea NN e H a MM o ND, EDITOR Laura. h editor's note Solution to this issue's Crossword. Find the puzzle on page 88. As newlyweds, my husband and I decided to share everything—income, debt and budgeting responsibilities included. Everything … except for one little thing: our fun accounts. Just as regularly as if it were a bill to be paid or an investment to be made, we made a small contribution to each of our fun accounts every month. That became money that we could spend, save or squander as we each saw fit— no questions asked, no judgments made. Our fresh-out-of-undergrad selves had committed to building a solid financial foundation from the start. The fun account strategy helped us stick to that decision while still enjoying a higher (if only by a little) quality of life. For residents facing a median $190,000 of student loan debt (plus credit card debt, relocation costs and stubborn undergrad loans), a higher quality of life might seem far away. But there are strategies that can help you triage and treat that debt, from Public Service Loan Forgiveness to refinancing. That's why we've chosen this, our annual Quality of Life issue, to feature debt management techniques. The experts weigh in starting on page 41. The quality of your life, of course, isn't just about your income-to-debt ratio. Among other things, time with your family and opportunities to give back to your community also factor in. We cover strategies for finding fulfilling ways to do both. "Mission medicine 2.0" (page 59) features medical volunteer opportunities abroad, in the u .S. and in your own home. And "Does work-life balance exist?" (page 50) outlines how other physicians have integrated balance into their daily schedules. Making use of their strategies may not only improve your own quality of life, but also give you the renewed energy you need to conquer your debt. And once that load is gone? Your financial foundation will certainly benefit, and so will your outlook— fun account or not. Keep smiling, D ea R PH y S i C ia N,

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