When talking to providers about practicing in a rural location, we hear “I need a Starbucks” or “My family needs a community with an Apple store and a 20 theatre movie complex.” We understand. Cities like Atlanta or Denver offer you countless activities, housing, schools, etc. but rural locations usually see the most value. You can get higher pay, lower cost of living, and most of all, provide care to underserved communities. Rural communities traditionally have had a difficult time attracting physicians. recent survey posted on FierceHealthcare found most new doctors (65%) would prefer to work in communities of 250,000 or more.
Want to see a few benefits of working in a rural location? Read on below.
1. Excellent Work-Life Balance
Do you desire to spend quality time with your patients? It’s possible in a rural area. With fewer patients each day, you can work at your own pace. Then you can less time in the clinic or facility, and more time to enjoy activities outside of work. Practicing locums in rural areas will go a long way in creating your work-life balance. Since we all need more balance in our hectic lives, this is a bonus.
2. Introduction to Different Patients and Styles of Training in Rural Locations
If you choose to practice in rural locations, you will have the opportunity to provide care to an assortment of patients. Creating a chance to encounter various styles of training as you give the patients care. As a result, you can expand your experience with medical procedures and tactics.
3. Higher Demand Means Higher Pay
With the shortage of physicians in rural areas, some offer a higher rate for qualified physicians. Add this to the cost of living, housing, etc. you not only make more but save more. Some physicians and advanced practitioners use the savings to pay off debt, save for retirement or pay for unexpected expenses that happen in life.
4. Provide Care to Underserved Communities That Need It!
In an article posted on Becker’s Hospital Review, the following quote really hits home. “Physicians are disappearing from the map of rural America. Twenty percent of the country’s population lives in a rural area. The ratio of physicians to patients is 1 to 2,500, which means that 60 million people are dealing with the impact of this shortage.” Based on the shortage, you will be giving back to a community and the overworked providers. Just another added benefit of practicing in rural or remote locations.
Are You Ready To Practice In Rural Locations?
Since rural locations have more to offer, consider experiencing it for yourself. Give us a call or click here to see our job board.
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