Medscape’s 2017 best and worst states for doctors list (login required) is completely different from its 2016 list: Each of the top five best states are different from Medscape’s 2016 list, and only one state, New Mexico, made the top five worst states list both years.
The reason? With burnout rising among physicians, Medscape took a different approach to ranking states this year, with an eye on identifying those that offer physicians a less stress-inducing lifestyle. In addition to weighing states on the usual factors like physician income and rates of lawsuits, Medscape also examined the aspects of daily life likely to affect stress and burnout levels. These include a state’s divorce rates, crime rates and traffic fatalities.
Best and worst
Frigid winters did not keep Minnesota from landing the No. 1 slot on the Best list. The state has high rankings for happiness, family-friendliness and auto safety.
At the other end of the spectrum is Louisiana, ranked the No. 1 worst state this year, in part for its high number of malpractice lawsuits and low rankings for happiness and safety.
According to Medscape, these are the 10 best states for doctors in 2017:
3. South Dakota
6. New Hampshire
8. North Dakota
Medscape says these are the 5 worst states for doctors in 2017:
4. New Mexico
Where did the DO-heavy states land?
Of the seven states where the most DOs practice, only two made the list: Michigan in the No. 11 slot, and Pennsylvania at No. 16. California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas were not ranked on Medscape’s list.
For more details about each state on Medscape’s list and a thorough explanation of the report’s methodology, visit Medscape (login required). Also interesting: the personal finance site WalletHub released its own best and worst states for doctors in March, and their list is strikingly different from Medscape’s.