North Dakota ranks first in Medscape's annual list of the best places to practice medicine in the United States, which this year focused on measuring "happiness in work and home life."
For the list, Medscape compiled data from sources including its own Physician Compensation Report, CDC, Gallup, Wallethub, and others.
Medscape considered eight factors related to physician work life, including a state's:
Medscape also considered seven factors related to physician life outside of work, including a state's:
According to Medscape, the 10 best states to practice medicine are:
Medscape's Carol Peckham writes that physicians in North Dakota are highly paid and have some of the lowest burnout and malpractice rates in the country. In addition, the state ranks in seventh place in health care quality and has an uninsured rate of just 8%. North Dakota also ranks eighth in the United States in longevity, with an average life expectancy of 79.5 years, and is one of the 20 best states for higher education, median earnings, and low tax rates, Peckham writes.
Meanwhile, according to Medscape, the five worst states to practice medicine in are:
While West Virginia has low burnout rates, Peckham writes that physician compensation is far lower and malpractice rates are far higher than in most other states, while the state also struggles on public health measures (Peckham, Medscape, 5/2; Knowles, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/2).
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