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Rural doctors say medical career rewards outweigh challenges

Robert Ostrander, MDA rural doctor is a vital part of his or her community, has nature nearby and a life outside of work, and it‘s not as remote or technically backward as some might think. A rural doctor can offer state-of-the-art medicine and a more personalized approach than typically found in a bigger city, say Robert Ostrander, MD (at right in photo), and his son, Geoffrey Ostrander, MD (at left), graduates of Upstate Medical University who share a family practice in the Finger Lakes village of Rushville. They note the challenges of lower pay and less administrative support and their involvement with Upstate‘s Rural Medical Scholars Program, which trains doctors to practice in rural areas.