I relocated to Central Iowa from Cleveland to work at Associates in Kidney Care, Iowa. I primarily saw patients in the office and rounded at Mercy Medical Center and Unity Point Methodist. The diverse patient mix was intellectually stimulating without the degree of hustle that I experienced in bigger cities.
The community is very welcoming and closely knit. It is not unusual to run into someone familiar in public places. The biggest advantage of rural medicine is the satisfaction that stems from the appreciation of the community. One feels very valued which is priceless in my opinion.
My advice to someone living in a rural area is to be aware of local customs and traditions. For those seeking healthcare related jobs in a rural setting, once can be better prepared by being aware of the support system and its limitations. A less urban setting can be rewarding and intellectually stimulating without some of the disadvantages of an urban center like traffic and a higher cost of living. It can be the best of both worlds Arjun Sekar, MD
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