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PM&R practice in Rural areas

Discussion in 'PM&R' started by bigfrank, Nov 15, 2002.

  1. bigfrank

    bigfrank SDN Donor
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    Hi,

    Knowing that PM&R is a very small and young specialty, it is logical to assume (correctly) that the vase majority of physiatrists are in large cities.

    Does anyone know what size of community will support a PM&R doc? I don't want to return to a large city.

    Are job opportunities in small(er) areas out there? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Frank C.
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  2. drusso

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    The figure I've heard thrown around is a population between 50,000 to 75,000 to support a physiatrist. I'd imagine in a smaller community a physiatrist might be doing more geriatric medicine per se and consulting with nursing homes. There is always occupational medicine aspect too. To be honest, I really don't know...
     
  3. phd2b

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    I know that there are 'Pain Management' clinics in rural areas of 30-50K people. Sometimes they have anesthesiologists, psychologists, chiropractors, (you name it!), under the direction of a physiatrist. It's definitely a different out-patient world in rural areas.
     
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