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Rural Healthcare Can Entice the Best and Brightest

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 15, 2013

"For me, I don't really count the hours when I am doing something that is very rewarding," Chisti says. "When people ask you for a favor and you are in a position to do that for them, whether it's helping a friend navigate a healthcare system, it's not something that I consider being on the clock for that. I actually know the answer to these questions so I can help. Or I can help somebody create a program that will help stop kids from taking drugs, if I can do that as a job it's a no brainer."

Chisti says the Rotary Club in Bandon asked him what would make a physician stay in a community. "You can make people feel like it's their community, which it is," he says. "Get them out there and involved and they will realize how special it is and how it is a gem to be there."

What about a family? What about meeting a spouse who'd be willing to settle down in rural America and put up with the longer hours without the frills and distractions of urban life? Chisti says "that's the hard part. Whoever chooses or agrees to be with me will know what is important to me, so that will self-select somebody, I think."


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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2 comments on "Rural Healthcare Can Entice the Best and Brightest"


Robert C. Bowman, M.D. (5/20/2013 at 10:15 PM)
Challenges remain for all locations and populations with regard to health care. The best and brightest are seen across the wide range of settings. Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Florida State have demonstrated superior medical education using rural, underserved, and community based sites. Top ratings of students, top scores, and top matches indicate this success. Traditional medical education must learn to emulate the high quality mark set by rural medical education for 9 months in a rural location working with interprofessional teams and learning from people and patients - not just books.

Mary K Parker (5/15/2013 at 10:37 PM)
I would work with this doctor in a heartbeat. It's wonderful to work with someone who sees the gaps and deficiencies and isn't afraid to implement an idea, revise, and re-do. He would be an exciting person to work with and for.