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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74 S UMMER 2018 live & practice A drive through the area's breakthtaking scenery confirmed to John Pender, M.D., and his family that they'd soon make Billings home. · Photo by Erik Petersen See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at PracticeLink surgical fellows. "I thought, 'Montana, that sounds interesting,'" recalls Pender. "And here we are." One of Pender's primary motivations for moving to Billings was the opportunity to diversify his areas of practice, rather than narrowing his focus. "Being in a university, they really want you to subspecialize," he says. "I got pigeonholed to do one or two operations. Coming up to Billings, Montana, has allowed me to be a general surgeon." Pender says that Billings Clinic epitomizes the idea of "big city medicine in a small town." The hospital serves patients from Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and treats approximately 750,000 people each year. "When you're eight hours from the next competitor, you really get to practice medicine," says Pender. Winter weather is a factor in treatment, too. Given that some patients live several hours from the hospital, both physicians and hospital administrators have to devise innovative solutions for patients who have chronic health challenges and who don't live close enough to return regularly for follow-up appointments. "It creates opportunities for people to think outside the box," says Pender. "We have a great outreach program through which the clinic provides a car or even a plane to get us Now recruiting on Milestone Health Solutions MMG St. Vincent Healthcare Veterans Health Administration

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