Review of Medscape Article on Best & Worst Places to Practice 2019: Where Physicians Can Thrive

Early in May, Medscape released another one of its reports on Best & Worst Places to Practice 2019: Where Physicians Can Thrive

Here are the top states for physician satisfaction at work and at home (according this report from Medscape):

  • 1. Minnesota
  • 2. Iowa
  • 3. Wisconsin
  • 4. Utah
  • 5. Hawaii
  • 6. Washington
  • 7. Nebraska
  • 8. South Dakota
  • 9. Massachusetts
  • 10. Vermont
  • 11. North Dakota
  • 12. Idaho
  • 13. New Hampshire
  • 14. Colorado
  • 15. Montana
  • 16. Delaware
  • 17. North Carolina
  • 18. Oregon
  • 19. Virginia
  • 20. Maine
  • 21. New York
  • 22. Rhode Island
  • 23. Maryland
  • 24. New Jersey
  • 25. California

These are the worst five states for physicians (according this report from Medscape):

  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. West Virginia
  • 3. Louisiana
  • 4. Nevada
  • 5. Oklahoma

My Thoughts:

1) Where did Indiana fall? Since this is the state I practice. Must have been between 26-44, hmmmm.

2) Does anyone use this to decide on where they locate to practice? I’m not loading up my family to move to this year’s “best place to work” for 2019. But that would be for reasons other than this report.

3)  What I want to know from this report…where in the US do physicians feel like their lives and practices are going really really well? We hear about all the negative but I would like a comply examples where my fellow colleagues would go on record saying, “This is an amazing place to work! I wholeheartedly love my work and life.” That would hold some much validity for me. The life coach in me knows this is absolutely happening. I wonder how we can lift these great examples up higher?

So any of our readers…can you vouch for your healthcare organization or state? Would you be willing to say, “Absolutely, 100%, where I work rocks!” I would love to hear from you!

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Errin Weisman DO

Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce advocate for wellness in medicine. She faced professional burnout early in her career and speaks openly about about her story in order to help others, particularly female physicians and working moms, know they are not alone. Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three.You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out with her on social media @truthrxs. Her podcast is “Doctor Me First”. 

  4 comments for “Review of Medscape Article on Best & Worst Places to Practice 2019: Where Physicians Can Thrive

  1. Wandal
    May 29, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for pointing out this article, Errin. Fun to look at the stats but I don’t know how much validity is there. I do know that where I practice is GREAT: Anchorage, Alaska. So much to see/do, especially if you like an active lifestyle and the great out of doors. Physician incomes are very high also. Of course, I may be lacking in objectivity as I grew up on a homestead up here . No move necessary . . . just come visit!

  2. Michael Ciampi
    May 29, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Maine made the list twice??

    • May 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      That must have been East Maine Street and West Maine Street!
      (Really specific locations.)

    • May 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      Nice catch. #23 is actually Maryland, another M state!

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