Four years ago, Martin S. Trott, MD, was burned out on otolaryngology. He was managing partner of a large, private northeast Ohio ENT/allergy and immunology practice. He worked 80, sometimes 90, hours a week. He could perform 900 surgeries a year.
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Then Dr. Trott made the decision to move to Jackson Hole, Wyo., a rural resort town 20 minutes from the Idaho border, to live a better life. He took a job as director of the Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Clinic at St. John’s Medical Center. Two months in, he added vice chief of staff to his CV. Now he’s landed a teaching position.
Professionally speaking, though, he simply traded in Cleveland Clinic-sized problems for the challenges of rural medicine—issues such as weather, travel and transportation challenges; roadblocks such as the implementation of wide-ranging reforms that revamp everything from coding to clinical care to computers; and, perhaps most vexing, lack of time for patient care, training, sick days and—dare it be said—personal time.