5 best, worst states to practice medicine

North Dakota is the best state for physicians to practice medicine, according to Medscape's Best & Worst Places to Practice 2018 report.

To identify the best and worst places to practice medicine, Medscape ranked each state based on factors affecting physicians' work life and life outside of work. Factors for the former included physician compensation, burnout, malpractice, healthcare quality, access to health and rate of uninsured patients, while factors for the latter included personal well-being, cost of living, higher education levels, median earnings, tax burden and unemployment.

Here are the five states that ranked the highest, according to Medscape.

1. North Dakota
2. Hawaii
3. Nebraska
4. Vermont
5. Iowa

Here are the five states that ranked the lowest, according to Medscape.

1. West Virginia
2. Louisiana
3. Mississippi
4. Kentucky
5. New Mexico

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