Go onto any radiology forum, and you will hear a perpetual argument about who has it better, an urban or rural radiologist. So, let’s nip this in the bud once and for all. Let’s give a top ten list as to why you should look for a career as a rural radiologist (coming from a suburban radiologist, of course!)
Top Ten Reasons To Practice As A Rural Radiologist!
This one is the most obvious, but it is true. Check out any of the want ads, and you will see sky-high salaries enticing you to drop on by. Typically, they may not say the name of the town. Why? because they know that you have never heard of it! How can this happen? Well, they need to incentivize you, the radiologist, to want to come there. So, why not take advantage of it? Make those big bucks!
Cheaper Cost Of Living
Not only do you have the advantage of extra pay, but your cost of living can be more than 50 percent or even 75 percent less than living in a city. Think about a three-bedroom apartment in New York or San Francisco for umpteen million dollars. What would that cost in a rural area? A few hundred thousand dollars at best. Think about all that cash you can save with that huge salary that you have.
Less Daily Pressure
More than the money, this one attracts me the most. The lifestyle of the inhabitants of the rural world tends to be less pressured. Less screaming and arguing. More space away from others to prevent kerfuffles. Why not work and live in such an environment?
In rural communities, you tend to have patients that appreciate your work. Why? Well, they can’t simply go to the imaging center down the block. There isn’t any! Your word is valuable, and you are an integral part of the community. It’s just part of the package of rural America.
Cleaner Living – Nice Smell
You know that sweet smell of nature when you leave to go on a trip to the country. Well, if you work at a rural site, you can have that all the time. You don’t smell the exhaust pipes of tons of cars. Nor do you smell rotting garbage on the streets. You just have the crisp, clean air of nature.
Rural Radiologist: One With Nature
Like going for brisk walks with your dog? Or, you enjoy hiking on mountainous nature trails? Maybe, you want to go swimming in a lake? All you have to do is walk out your door, and it’s available. Not a bad gig for the nature-loving radiologist!
Imagine leaving your doorstep and driving to the hospital with no more than a few other cars driving on the road? That is a pipe dream for a city radiologist. But, it is the real world for the rural one. Get to work fast and without the hassle of not knowing exactly when you will arrive.
Larger Spaces/Newer Hospitals
Rural hospitals tend to be more open and modern. Why? Most were not built at the beginning of the 20th century. Therefore, you’ll find open floor plans for interventional suites and widely spaced modern reading rooms. These are features of most rural hospital centers.
Lower Decibel Levels-Better Health
When you step outside, you don’t hear the honks of cars or the screams of fighting neighbors. Instead, you hear the rustle of the leaves or the chirping of the birds outside. Furthermore, you don’t live in an area with as many pollutants in the air and water. It’s a setup for a healthier lifestyle.
A Rural Radiologist Can Do Everything
Finally, because you don’t have tons of competition in the neighborhood, you can do almost any type of procedure that interests you. You won’t be butting heads with the cardiologist who wants to take all the Cardiac MRIs or the vascular surgeon with all the peripheral vascular patients for angiography/peripheral vessel disease. The world is your oyster!
The Life Of A Rural Radiologist- Not So Bad!
So, there you have it. Here’s a top ten list for why to choose rural radiology from a local suburbanite. Take it or leave it. But, there are lots of advantages to rural life!