When we lived up in Bangor back in the early 80s, Pal Nancy landed a job recruiting doctors for small community hospitals in miserable towns in northern Maine, and found that the only candidates were drug-addicted American physicians fleeing licensing boards or foreign doctors seeking green cards. Our favorite candidate was a Pakistani doctor who interrupted Nancy's sales pitch to ask, "but is it cold in Hoten?"
"Well ..., " Nancy conceded, "it does get chilly".
For the rest of our time up there, every time the weather report called out Houlton as the coldest spot in Maine (and often, in the nation) at, say, -25 degrees, one of us would turn to the other and ask, "is it cold in Hoten?"
A teensy bit cynical, perhaps, but it kept us entertained.
Email from my friend Betsy Galindo:
Your blog today touched on the problems of getting doctors to small towns. I haven't yet figured out how to write comments under your new provider, but wanted to offer a suggestion:
Watch the movie "La Grande Seduction" or' as it is known in English " Seducing Dr. Lewis".
It is a Quebec-made movie from 2004, available through Amazon and Netflix (inFrench with English subtitles) about a small fishing town on the North shore of Quebec. If they can attract a resident doctor, an investor will build a factory and thus solve their unemployment problem.
The townfolks come up with many innovative ideas to seduce a big city doctor into relocating to their town.
It's a great comedy, a la My Cousin Vinny. And if laughter is really the best medicine, viewers will feel much healthier after watching this
Enjoy, - the subtitles aren't off-putting.
Is it cold in Quebec?