Why Keep Blogging?

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September of 2019 marked my third year as a physician finance blogger. Blogging has not brought me fortune or fame. Why do I keep doing it? Like many of you, once upon a time I had aspirations/pretensions of channeling ideas through the written word. Committing to writing 2 posts a week indefinitely is discipline on a deadline – and the …

Gratitude, Revisited

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My birthday. We said farewell to a visiting relative with an early morning departure, then the house was silent while everyone else slept. I’d just worked 3 back to back shifts during a week that likely contained the highest volume day in our emergency department’s history. It was that brutal. As a souvenir, I’d brought with me a sniffle (unlikely …

How High Is Your Toilet Reading Journal Pile?

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I’m a big fan of at a glance measures that provide disproportionate insights into the big picture. When visiting the home of fellow physicians, one of my favorite metrics is the height of the toilet reading journal pile in the bathroom. Pile is an interesting word to describe this phenomenon. In addition to connoting a heap of items lying atop …

Birds And New Beginnings

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I worked both days over Christmas and the early morning shift on New Year’s Day. The period in between was spent visiting my folks in their coastal California enclave. We had a wonderful time seeing my parents and visiting numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the area. Children were spoiled, mom’s famous Kahlua flan (even more indulgent than it sounds) …

An Aesthete’s Master Class On Gratitude

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¬†While working multiple shifts over Christmas, I cared for two men my age with acute life-changing intracranial bleeds that left them half-paralyzed. In between those shifts, I spent my remaining energy reading Peter Schjeldahl’s personal history piece in the New Yorker, “77 Sunset Me.” (It appears online as “The Art Of Dying.”) Mr. Schjeldahl has been the magazine’s art critic …

Docs Who Cut Back #22: The Stock MD

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The Stock MD is a relative newcomer to the virtual doctor’s lounge of physician finance bloggers, but you won’t mistake his voice for any other doc out there. He did not so much cut back from medicine as cut it out completely. A not insignificant number of physicians describe choosing medicine over an equally attractive alternate career early in life. …

Lottery Ticket Weekend

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Second day of winter during a weekend-long shift batch. Our ED augmented staffing for “surge mode” starting this month to accommodate an expected influx of patients that has materialized reliably every year during flu season. The kids have already left for Sunday School (thank you, brilliant wife, for arranging carpool!). My wife heads out the door to what will be …

A Candid Review Of “The Doctor’s Guide To Real Estate Investing For Busy Professionals”

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I developed respect and affinity for Dr. Cory Fawcett, the “repurposed” general surgeon, at Fin Con 18. Cory’s an unusual combination of a down-to-earth personality with an entrepreneurial spirit that continues to impress me, and we’ve stayed in periodic touch via email since the conference. I follow his blog, have reviewed his books, and even tried online locum tenens course …

A Middle Finger To Docs In Training

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday I came across this article detailing the fallacy that the University of Washington’s Emergency/Safe Ride Home Program has become. It made me thankful…to longer be in residency. The ACGME, which accredits residency programs, created a common program requirement for fatigue mitigation processes: It is expected that programs adopt fatigue mitigation processes and ensure that there are …

Barcelona Highlights

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Barcelona represents the best of Spain.This is no accident – the city manages to check every conceivable box on a traveler’s wish list. The guidebooks are full of destinations and mandatory excursions for Barcelona. Here’s how we experienced some of them with 2 kids ages 10 and 12 during peak tourist season (ugh!) in July. Barcelona is a victim of …