Where You Practice Makes a Difference: Best Places to Practice

Shelly Reese


May 21, 2012

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Practicing medicine is an art. So is finding a great place to practice. If you base your decision on just 1 or 2 factors -- high compensation, great weather, or proximity to family -- you're likely to overlook some promising possibilities.

We've come up with a list of great places to practice that is based on diverse criteria, including physician density, malpractice insurance rates, insurance competition, medical board activity, insurance mix, and state taxes. Not only will you find some surprises, you might just find the place that's right for you.

What Makes a Best Place?

Eric Sacknoff, MD, had built a successful practice and trained many physicians. But after decades in Boston, he was looking for a new challenge and a more appealing climate.

"I wanted to go to a place where I could make a difference," he says. So 6 years ago, Dr. Sacknoff, 66, traded private practice for hospital employment in rural Marion, Virginia.

On the surface, Dr. Sacknoff's move may seem unconventional. But you can't argue with the business case. Virginia is the best state in the Mid-Atlantic region to practice medicine, according to Medscape's inaugural analysis of best places to practice.

In his new practice setting, Dr. Sacknoff enjoys better compensation and a lower cost of living. He also feels a renewed sense of mission. Whereas he was 1 of 110 urologists in Boston, in Marion Dr. Sacknoff is the only urologist providing care in an underserved 4-county area.

What's more, he enjoys a better quality of life. "I'm an avid fly fisherman, and I can fish 15 minutes from my house," he says. "I built a beautiful house I never could have afforded in New England, and I haven't paid for parking in 6 years," he adds with a chuckle.


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