Let me preface this blog post by saying I mean no disrespect to Missouri or to anyone who lives in Missouri. I could have chosen any of a dozen of these to blog about, it just happened to be Missouri today. And I don’t want to move to Missouri.
A couple times per week, Jodi gets a postcard from a hospital or private practice group which is heavily recruiting for <x> (where X was “internal medicine” last year, and now has turned to “neurology”). Here was the Kansas City, MO one from this past week:
There’s a bit of a theme to these postcards, and I’ll summarize it here:
- Our <hospital/practice> is such a great place to work. We’ll pay you tons of money and pay off student loans, etc. Not lots of call, lots of opportunity, etc, etc.
- We are located in wonderful <either a) some vague reference to the nearest metropolitan area to indicate that the job is out in the boonies or b) some metropolitan area that is not particularly desirable> which is SUCH a great place to live. Look at all the great amenities our area has to offer: <some mix of interesting stuff that they likely actually have very little of and things I have no interest in>!
- No, seriously, stop laughing. You should consider our <hospital/practice>. (I’m paraphrasing this last one. They have professional publicity people working on these, so it’s a little more subtle)
Hehe. Ok, I exaggerate somewhat. And I’m certainly glad that Jodi will have (seemingly) lots of choices and opportunities to select from when she’s finished with her residency program. But one other theme I’ve noticed on a number (but not all) of these solicitations: they’re very heavily skewed to the Midwest and rural mid-Atlantic. As a particularly unscientific study, this could be taken to mean that nobody wants to live in these areas. I concur. And I don’t recall ever getting any of these cards from any place I’d jump at the chance to move to.
Anyway, I guess only time will tell where we end up. But I kind of hope it’s not Missouri.