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Tyler named one of 12 best cities for doctors

Faith Harper - Tyler Morning Telegraph

Medscape Medical News recently named Tyler in its 2014 list of best places to practice medicine in the United States, according to a Trinity Mother Frances news release.

The survey accounts for quality of life factors both inside and outside the office.

For its third-annual list, Medscape researchers divided the country into six regions and evaluated cities based on various factors of life and practice quality, including cost of living, tax burden, physician density, competition and malpractice claims per capita.

Researchers drew on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Tax Foundation, the Federation of State Medical Boards and other organizations.

“As a longtime resident of East Texas and Tyler, I can certainly vouch for the results of this study,” said Steven Keuer, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer for Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “Tyler is a wonderful place, and our physicians simply love it here. At Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics we are constantly seeking ways to contribute to a culture of excellence in medical care and an environment where physicians are able to be successful in their practice, active in their community and contented in their decision to call Tyler – and Trinity Mother Frances – home.”

All the best cities for practicing medicine have a few things in common, like a low cost of living, as well as other amenities making it ideal for raising children, outdoor activities and the chance to collaborate on medical research.

Tyler boasts attractive tax rates, good public schools, low property tax rates and a status as a regional hub for healthcare.

Medscape divided the United State into six geographic areas, with Tyler falling into the Southwest and South Central region with Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah.

Medscape considered state-level data, such as tax burden data from the Tax Foundation, malpractice claims information from the Diederich Group, and medical board disciplinary actions from the Federation of State Medical Boards, to broadly assess practice conditions in the various states.

They then asked doctors and recruiters to help identify cities (population greater than 100,000) and towns (population less than 100,000) within some of the most favorable states that offered the best opportunities for physicians.

They used market-specific data from the US Census Bureau, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Sperling's Best Places, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and numerous other sources to assess economics, demographics, quality of life and housing costs to validate those selections.

“Texas is a physician friendly state,” said Sheldon Y. Freeberg, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital.”

Freeberg recently relocated to Tyler from Chicago. “For physicians, it’s a desirable place to practice. The Trinity Mother Frances administrators and physicians have their goals aligned, and they make it an easy transition to start a practice. Also, Tyler affords you the chance to get from point A to point B without the headaches of big city, and the strong medical community makes this a very convenient to practice. Plus, I don’t have to shovel snow!