Sisyphus As Parenting Role Model

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A big part of my motivation to cut back on shifts is to spend more time with my kids, currently finishing the second and fourth grades. I’m a hands-on dad. I know their teachers, volunteer in their classrooms, and their classmates know me. Not all the time I spend with them is roses and sunshine. On a recent weekend morning …

Doctors Who Cut Back Early

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Old school medicine was not conducive to balance. Your family got the scraps of time leftover after your patients had staked their claim. Cutting back on your clinical load was done reluctantly, of necessity. You cut back because you needed your aortic valve replaced, and your energy in clinic never fully returned; because the diagnosis of Parkinson’s meant you could …

Theatre Arts Made Me A Better Physician

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When I was a medical student, the folks who wanted to enter emergency medicine seemed to fit a certain mold of effortless atheleticism: rock climbers, surfers, weekend soccer league players, people whose cords of toned muscle rippled under zero percent body fat. One of my UCSF classmates who went into EM auditioned and made the final cut for an Abercrombie …

My Investor Policy Statement for Time

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A key component of any financial plan includes an investor policy statement (IPS). The idea is to identify objectives, map a route to reach them, and detail the logistics in a manner where you can hold yourself accountable to the plan you create. This is critical because in defining a specific course of action you create a model to stick …

Secretary, Multi-millionaire, Philanthropist

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Last week, I read this incredible story in the New York Times about Sylvia Bloom, a 96 year old legal secretary who lived humbly and left an eight million dollar legacy to local charities on her death. A few highlights in the life of an extraordinary woman: She worked for 67 years and retired at age 96 She was the …

Physician Finance Bloggers: 50 Of Them

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The FIRE has spread! Physician finance blogs began as a niche with a single dominant early presence (the White Coat Investor). Those days are long gone. Here are the docs in finance I follow: This list is limited to blogs written by MDs or DOs devoting significant content to physician personal finance. There are numerous physician blogs dedicated to wellness, …

You Must Be As Tall As This Sign

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As a high school student, I was curious (double entendre entirely intentional). I read to escape from my safe suburban bubble and for exposure to new ideas. When I found a concept that rocked my world and challenged my assumptions, I sought other curious souls to share my excitement with. My focus was directed just beyond my current horizon. I …

Home Schooling: Educational Independence

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[Ed: If you follow physician financial blogs or fora, you’ve undoubtedly come across the prolific comments of Gasem, a retired 60ish anesthesiologist whose unusual life trajectory cannot be done justice by a brief introduction. His writing is brutally honest, his insights are rational yet run counter to accepted dogma, and his prose is engaging and manic. Many of us pursuing …