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Old 09-13-2018, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I found the Anchorage-Mat Su Valley area rather disappointing as far as experiencing the "Alaska Outdoors" goes. The road network is very limited and roads into the mountains all but non existent. There are very few campgrounds. Unless you have the time and resources to get further away you are competing with 300,000 people for the limited outdoors opportunities. Being a pilot helps but the weather often does not cooperate.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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Your own skill set should define your choices. If you are competent in rural medicine you will see interesting cases in Alaska from STD sepsis to gsw in the same day. Most of the docs in ER's (Providence, Alaska Regional, Alaska Native) are seasoned practitioners with excellent skills. In the rural settings stabilization and transport via fixed wing to Anchorage is typical. If you are planning to be a hospitalist bear in mind that Alaska Native is PHS territory. Specialists are atypically available in Anchorage outcomes are good. You will be heavily recruited but you need to know your limits.

I would agree with your other colleague, stay in a major setting before going either direction. You'll be more knowledgable and confidant.

Nothing an R.N. (like me) worries about more than a baby doc in remote Alaska.
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Interesting choices. You could be surrounded by mountain splendor in Alaska. With a plane, you could easily access areas that are only available on film to others.

Casper is close to the Bighorn Mountains. I've never been but my brother loved them when he visited.

I'd go Alaska. Anchorage may have a nicer climate than Casper as well. Seriously.
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:39 AM
 
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Casper is close to the Bighorn Mountains. I've never been but my brother loved them when he visited.
Not really. It's about 175 miles to anything beautiful. Most of central Wyo is oil/gas country. I guess you could consider that nice, if you're from NJ perhaps.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Hi everyone! We just retuned from a 10 day trip to Alaska and before that, a short trip out to Wyoming. I am coming down to the wire on having to decide on a practice to join...by the first of December to be exact. One would think that after 5+ months of pondering, one place would stand above the rest...unfortunately that hasn't been the case.

While in Alaska, we interviewed at and visited Anchorage, Palmer, and Soldotna. I liked them all a good deal, but the Mat-Su Valley was by far our favorite. It seemed to have a more family feel and the views were absolutely stunning. I also liked its proximity to Ted Sevens as we will be flying back to visit family in Tennessee and Texas frequently. I also loved the fact that I could drive a few miles down the Glenn Highway and be all alone. Soldotna was a nice little town but left some to be desired for us (no mountain views close, not as family-friendly feeling). I did like the hospital (Central Peninsula) a lot though and the people were among the friendliest that I had met. Anchorage impressed us too, which was sort of surprising as we expected more of big city feel. I liked the fact that I could run/ride the many trails in the city and take off for a good hike just a few minutes from my front door.

Wyoming is also still high on our list! The hospital is considered to be the best in the state, flying to see family in TN and TX would be easier. My wife's best friend lives about 4 hrs away in Denver, and there's plenty of things to do outdoors for us! The biggest downside to me is the wind/winters and the lack of "nice" houses. If we land in WY, I'm hoping to buy 50+ acres and would like to have some horses, cattle, and chickens for us to enjoy (i grew up on a farm).

Any and all advice/help is GREATLY appreciated!
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:48 AM
 
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Was the wind not blowing in Palmer?
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:29 AM
 
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A physician and a pilot, you will do well up here!!
A rewarding job and a big playground.


Wyoming is just a small part of the lower 48
I will second that, medical field and govt are about the only professions thriving up here. In my hangar at birchwood I believe that everyone around me are in medical in some shape or form.

There are tons of "air strips" but VERY few paved airports.

It is ironic that I may be moving to Wyoming, they seem to have a more robust economy that does not revolve around a couple of hospitals and nearly impossible to get government jobs.
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Old 10-30-2018, 05:31 AM
 
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Not really. It's about 175 miles to anything beautiful. Most of central Wyo is oil/gas country. I guess you could consider that nice, if you're from NJ perhaps.
I consider money and opportunity nice lol
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:00 AM
 
Location: In the middle of nowhere
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The wind blows a lot in the Mat-su. Definitely 1 thing to consider. Also there are pockets where it can snow a lot more than other places. If you plan on a small farm out here and have commercial plans, you should talk to other farmers. Home schooling is way open out here and the Mat-su has many great schools. There are many bush schools that have distance learning programs.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Under Moon & Star
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Casper is close to the Bighorn Mountains. I've never been but my brother loved them when he visited.
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Not really. It's about 175 miles to anything beautiful. Most of central Wyo is oil/gas country. I guess you could consider that nice, if you're from NJ perhaps.
Casper is less than 100 miles from the Wind River Range, the Bighorn Mountains, and the Black Hills.

Anyone who doesn't consider all of those the very definition of beautiful has no clue whatsoever.
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