Once a physician decides on his or her initial location it is costly to relocate because acquiring a panel of patients and getting credentialed at area hospitals is time consuming for most physicians our study is aimed at understanding the factors affecting the choice of initial practice location by new physicians. This study underscores the importance of a sense of place for physicians who practice in a rural setting 33 physicians attributed this feeling of security freedom and identity to a number . The change in factors affecting physician choice of practice location a comparison of younger and older rural and metropolitan physicians theodore m breu abstracf 0is study uses multiple discriminant analysis to derive the factors that physicians deem important m thi decisions aout where to locate their medical practices older . What factors predict a physicians decision to enter practice in rural areas david p armstrong phd and yuhao liu mpa center for health workforce studies school of public health university at albany the primary data source for the study was the new york resident exit survey this annual survey of physicians. Factors that influence physician assistant choice of practice location for children and families was the most important factor regarding practice location choice in new york state and
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