Tyler ranks top city for practicing medicine

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:58pm

Tyler ranks amongst the best cities for medical practices, according to Medscape Medical News. Researchers divided the country into six regions, evaluating cities on factors inside and outside the office. Looking into things like practice quality, cost of living, tax burden, and the number of physicians in the area. Tyler was chosen as the best smaller city in the southwest and south central region. Not only because of our regional hub, but for good public schools and low property tax.

Chamber of Commerce President Tom Mullins agreed, and said "almost 30% of the workforce is tied to medical in Tyler." However, he said its not just our renown medical district, but, "with those credentials, with that medical training, coming from other parts of the country, they get to Texas and they find non-income tax state, low cost of living."

"Texas is an excellent environment for physicians to practice in compared to other states," said Vaughn Harris. The Idaho native would know, he is one of many future doctors that chose Tyler for medical training. Why? "My first answer is why not? The thing that drew me to Tyler was one obviously the outstanding residency program here, but also when I came to interview and I learned more about the program, I loved the community," said Harris.

He agreed with Mullins and this new research that Tyler is a top spot for physicians. "It is a town that is growing, there are a lot of medical resources here, so a great place for me and my training, said Harris. He and his wife love East Texas so much, they are considering making this their permanent home. "It's a wonderful place to really establish myself as a physician to begin a career," said Harris.

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