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2017 Best States to Practice: The Top Five: Page 5 of 5

2017 Best States to Practice: The Top Five: Page 5 of 5

ARKANSAS
Amy Cahill, MD, was born and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and it’s currently where she practices medicine. For the past 18 years, Cahill has owned and operated Genesis Center for Women, located on the campus of Jefferson Regional Medical Center, and she can’t imaging leaving the state.

From the close family ties—her parents live less than a mile away—to her 10-minute commute to the nearest fishing lake, she plans to stay in The Natural State for a while. “If I want to make [hospital rounds], I walk to the hospital from my office,” says Cahill. “Less travel time makes for more life time.”

In this year’s rankings, Arkansas finished in the top 10 in terms of physician density, cost of living and residency retention, all things Cahill demonstrates. She left Pine Bluff for 12 years to study down the road in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas and says her small state allows her to know many of her colleagues and patients extremely well.

She currently serves as the president of the Arkansas Medical Society, making connections there with peers as well as working with state legislators. Cahill notes that several politicians on the state level are either physicians or physician spouses. “We have a very good relationship with the state legislature and they actually ask us for our opinions on bills,” she says. “Together, we’ve created a climate that is more about helping patients than business.”

And if any doctors are looking for time in the great outdoors or a collegial place to practice medicine, Cahill says there’s still opportunity in Arkansas.

“We have a pretty significant number of hospital-employed doctors, but you can still be [in private practice] and do just fine,” she says. “We work hard to maintain a very physician-friendly climate so that it is possible to succeed in all practice environments.”

 

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