PracticeLink Magazine

SUM 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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Page 72 of 87 S UMMER 2018 73 live & practice LIZ FUNK In small towns and metropolitan cities across the country, the great outdoors meets locals just footsteps from where they live and work. For physicians looking west, there's Billings, Montana, where seeking outdoor adventure is a lifestyle, and Salt Lake City, Utah, a new hotbed of arts and culture that sits beneath the Wasatch mountain range. Looking east, physicians will find rural sophistication mixed with a New England ski town vibe in Lebanon, New Hampshire. And for those who want to escape the snow for the sun and surf, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, beckons. Billings, Montana I N B I ll INGS , the R e IS AN u ND e NIAB le S e NS e of adventure, and that's a big part of why people move there. Many of the physicians who work in Billings aren't native to the area, but they chose Billings for the chance to interact with diverse patient populations or raise their kids in a place that offers affordability and endless outdoor recreation options. It doesn't hurt that the weather cooperates: Billings has close to 300 days of sunshine a year. The city of Billings calls itself "Montana's Trailhead," a nod to the outdoor opportunities for locals and visitors alike. As the largest metropolitan area within a 500- mile radius (Calgary, Alberta, and Denver, Colorado, are among your next closest options), Billings boasts a strong sense of community, progressive regional commerce and unlimited access to the outdoors. John Pender, M.D., a bariatric surgeon and chief of surgery at Billings Clinic, recalls that one day a flier for the Montana hospital came across his desk. At the time, he was on the academic faculty at East Carolina University, acting as a fellowship director for —the— GREAT OU T D O OR S LIV e & P r ACTIC e

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