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Grand Rapids is 11th 'best place' to practice medicine

May 10, 2017
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Grand Rapids has been named one of the top 25 cities in the nation for doctors by an industry publication.

Medscape named Grand Rapids the No. 11 city to practice medicine in its 2017 “Best Places to Practice” report.

The report cites Grand Rapids’ strong economy, bike-friendly streets and status as the second-safest city in the U.S. and best city to raise a family as incentives for doctors to move to the area.

At No. 11, Grand Rapids ranks just behind Overland Park, Kansas and one spot ahead of Honolulu. In the 2016 “Best Places to Practice,” Grand Rapids was ranked No. 9.

Minneapolis was ranked the No. 1 best place to practice by Medscape.


Medscape determined its ranking by considering the prevalence of a variety of factors believed to contribute to burnout in the health care industry, including malpractice lawsuits, insurance coverage, violent crime and cost of living. Physician density was also a factor in the ranking.

Statewide factors like psychological well-being, violent crime, happiness and traffic also recevied consideration in Medscape’s report.

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