"Practice setting" refers to the types of organizations (e.g., private practice, hospital) as well as types of geographical locations (e.g., urban, rural) where physicians can practice. The characteristics that define each type of organization and geographical location vary and, consequently, affect the care you'll provide. When you choose your practice setting, you'll choose both a type of organization and geographic location.

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    The word “rural” in conjunction with “practice,” “medicine,” or “physician” may send up red flags or cause you to mentally plug your ears. But rural practice is not what you think — at least, not all of it. We’ll set the rural record straight with insight from a seasoned rural physician and passionate medical student. And we hope you’ll find rural care a career worth considering.

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    Hospital medicine is dedicated to the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. Practitioners of hospital medicine include physicians (i.e., hospitalists) and non-physician providers who engage in clinical care, teaching, research, or leadership in the field of hospital medicine. In addition to their core expertise managing the clinical problems of acutely ill, hospitalized patients, hospital medicine physicians work to enhance the performance of hospitals and healthcare systems.