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Geographic Location Most Important for Residents

Posted on Sat, Jun 13, 2015
Geographic Location Most Important for Residents

Lifestyle, adequate call hours and personal time, good financial package also important

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For residents, the most important element in a future practice is geographic location, with lifestyle, adequate call hours and personal time, and a good financial package also cited as being important, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).

As part of a national survey, more than 1,000 residents answered questions relating to what they want in a future practice. A total of 24,000 residents were sent the Meritt Hawkins survey by e-mail, and 1,208 responses were received (5 percent). Residents ranked nine elements in order of importance.

According to the respondents, the most important element in a future practice is geographic location (69 percent), followed by lifestyle (61 percent), and adequate call hours and personal time (60 percent). A good financial package was important for 58 percent of respondents, while 48 percent wanted proximity to family and good medical facilities/equipment. Specialty support, educational loan forgiveness, and low malpractice area were important for 32, 19, and 18 percent of residents, respectively.

According to the report authors, residents "have a specific location in mind for their first practice option," and "this preference may override more practical considerations."

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