It’s so cold here in the winter that people writing their names in the snow never get past the first letter. Caribou, Maine is the northeastern-most city in the US, and the coldest, too, with an average January low of 1°F. Annual snowfall averages 120 inches. Why do people live here?
For some, it might be the money. As an employed general urologist, you’ll make a guaranteed annual salary of $475,000–$500,000 with no productivity requirements and loan forgiveness of $25,000 a year.
For others, it might be the people. There aren’t many in this town of 8,000 (in a county of 70,000). But the ones here are uncommonly warm and friendly, as if to make up for all that cold air. You’ll get to know them well, as patient care is the genuine focus of Pines Health Services, a multispecialty group of about 50 providers. Working here means:
- A financially stable employer
- A built-in referral system of 25–30 primary care practitioners
- Your clinic just a quarter mile from the 65-bed hospital
Can you warm up to that?
If you’re frustrated with red tape and inaccessible administrators who just don’t get what it’s like in the trenches, this opportunity is the antidote for your ills.
You’ll deal directly with the hospital’s CEO, a nurse known for her hands-on approach; she says her best conversations with physicians are in the OR rather than across a desk in an office. You won’t even discuss metrics at your 3-year review. [“So how do I know my salary won’t go down?” asks the savvy reader. Call us to hear why.]
Caribou schools send a steady supply of students to the Ivy League. A Boston Globe reporter recounts interviewing Caribou schoolchildren about how to deal with the cold. “You know what?” said a kindergartner.
“What?” asked the reporter.
“Chicken butt,” replied the kindergartner, which sums up the local attitude toward the weather. They don’t just deal with the cold; they embrace it. They greet it with snowmobiles, skis, ice fishing, and pride in knowing how to thrive in weather that would shut down most other New England towns.
Still, keep in mind there is also a nice, long warm respite from the chilly season. Maine is known as Vacationland—year-round—for a reason. Summer, spring, and fall are absolutely gorgeous, with outdoor activities to fulfill any outdoor enthusiast’s wildest dreams.
Direct 1.5-hour flights to Boston (and hourly shuttles from Boston to NYC) allow you easy access to fly wherever you want to go.
With its proximity to Canada, Pines Health Services maintains an immigration attorney who has extensive experience with both J1 and H-1B visas to guide physicians through the immigration process.
Ready for a low cost of living, consistently high compensation, accessible administrators and a steady stream of sincerely appreciative patients?
Call Laurie Schlesinger at 512-961-0009 and send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more about how Caribou has warmed so many hearts.
You can meet a representative of Pines Health at the AUA meeting in May. Just ask Laurie and she'll set it up for you!