Frugal Weirdos In Love

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Until my late twenties, I possessed the naif’s distorted if highly romantic view of what love would be like as a firsthand experience. A couple of weeks ago, I experienced a sudden and unexpected surge of love at the most unlikely, least romantic moment I could have imagined. Following is the difference between the movie love I imagined in my …

Docs Who Cut Back #16: GasFIRE

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1.What is your specialty, and how many years of residency/fellowship did you complete? I spent 4 years in residency for Anesthesiology. I experienced two stages of cutting back. Transition A occurred 13 years after completing training. I was 43 when I was actually able to cut back to .85 FTE. I had been planning to do so for three years prior, …

A User’s Guide To Anger

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For generations, anger was believed by social science to be a vestigial remnant of our ancestral evolution, the emotional equivalent of your appendix. It served no function other than to inconveniently cause embarrassment and negative social consequences. A recent article by Pulitzer prize winner Charles Duhigg in The Atlantic examined the purpose of anger in the context of our current …

Docs Who Cut Back #15: Dr. Mo

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Dr. Mo, who blogs anonymously at A Sustainable Medical Career, is a voice you are unlikely to mistake for any other. His writing combines radical candor, strategic  expletives and a casual conversational tone. Reading his posts combines the pleasures of grabbing coffee with a new friend and the intimate feel that your friend is entrusting you to be his confessor. …

Strategies For Reducing The Burden Of Call (2 of 2)

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This is the final installment of a 2 post series. In part 1, we covered a lot of ground, including: It might not be what Dr. Slowburn had envisioned for his medical practice at the outset, but there seem to be more options for financially successful medical practices outside of traditional hospital-based systems. Surgical specialists enjoy multiple alternatives to continue …

Docs Who Cut Back #14: Dr. K

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Dr. K is half of a dual physician, no kid household who started her career as a blazing young gun. Like Dr. Jordan Craig, she built her OB/GYN practice by never turning away a  patient, leading to a very recognizable workaholic doctor schedule. A variety of factors prompted her to drastically course correct, among them the sense that she had …

Strategies For Reducing The Burden Of Call ( Part 1 of 2)

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After catching my recent interview on the White Coat Investor podcast (thanks for the opportunity, Jim!), a like-minded reader wrote in asking if I had suggestions on how he might reduce or eliminate call responsibilities. Except for a year of failed experimentation in ER surge call (don’t ask), I never take call working in emergency medicine, so I’m a definite …

Docs Who Cut Back #13: Family Medicine Doc

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Few 30 year olds are able to accurately predict what they’d like to eat for dinner, much less how their future selves will feel in a career 1-2 decades out from completion of training, which is why this next interviewee rocked my world. She and her husband trained in Family Medicine and began a job-sharing arrangement from day one. They …

I’m On Episode 17 of the What’s Up Next Podcast!

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Today I’ll depart from my usual post and instead ask you to download the What’s Up Next podcast, hosted by Doc G and Paul David Thompson. Episode #17 tackles the very pertinent question of whether physicians should pursue Financial Independence (FI), and explores the implications of their doing so, such as: Do physicians violate an unwritten social contract if they opt …

Docs Who Cut Back #12: Dr. McFrugal

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Dr. McFrugal is an anesthesiologist and fellow physician finance blogger who has distinguished himself as my favorite purveyor of food porn – I’ve never seen a photo of one of his plant-based meals I didn’t immediately want to put a fork in. He espouses minimalism, frugality, and the selective pursuit of luxury that provides his family pleasure out of proportion. …