Docs Who Cut Back #11: BT

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BT is an emergency physician residing in the south. He’s married to an internist and a father to three daughters (the oldest just started university). His career saw him working at a community hospital, which he left to become an academic faculty member and researcher, which he left to return to community practice once again. He picked up and grew …

Are You My Avatar?

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Before FinCon18, I assumed Avatar meant the James Cameron movie with a presumably thin plot padded by special effects (I’ve never seen it, so feel free to correct me). Now, I understand an avatar represents the theoretical person I’m trying to reach via this blog. This led to some natural soul-searching. I’d always thought I was writing for two audiences. …

Docs Who Cut Back #10: Cory Fawcett, MD

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Many of those who have offered to share their stories in this series have come from hospital-based specialties where a physician works a shift schedule. It’s refreshing to hear from a physician in an office-based practice, where the business is the physician. Note how Cory was able to find creative ways to tailor his practice to his preferences to create …

Re-Solve

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Resolutions get an understandably bad rap at this time of year. Many people make empty commitments to implement change that are discarded almost as quickly as they are publicly announced. Etymology is the study of the origin of words and how their meanings have evolved over time. In med school I became genuinely interested in the history of medicine. I …

Docs Who Cut Back #9: GXA

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GXA is a 43-year-old emergency physician in the midwest who has been front-loading his work life by consistently working greater thanĀ  full-time since he graduated residency 15 years ago. I reached out via a comment he’d left on an article at Physician On FIRE, and he generously agreed to share his story. He is married, a father of two middle …

A Financial Literacy Fairy Tale For Our Times

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As part of my journey, I’m learning about entrepreneurship with this blog and selectively establishing relationships with folks I trust. Today I’d like to help you understand why I chose to partner with Student Loan Planner by giving you some background on Travis, the company founder. His origin story is a financial literacy fairy tale for our times. (As an …

Docs Who Cut Back #8: Jordan Craig, MD

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Dr. Jordan Craig is an OB/GYN who, like many of us, built her practice based on flawed physics: she assumed that she could remain in perpetual motion indefinitely. On the surface, her career was ideal: she joined a unicorn independent group of mentors from her residency, took on significant administrative responsibilities and built a name for herself that drove patients …

How My Donor Advised Fund Made Me Less Selfish

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2018 marks our first year of having a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) through Fidelity. The effect on my giving patterns over the past year has been a pleasant surprise. As I reviewed this year’s giving and compared it with prior years, I was struck by the fact that we are giving more generously than ever before – roughly a 20% …

Docs Who Cut Back #7: Loonie Doc

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Editor’s note: My wife likes to quote an old world saying that there’s a lid for every pot (usually used in the context of dating). Similarly, I want every reader of this blog to find at least one interviewee that reflects the reader’s peculiar circumstances and compulsions. This interviewee qualifies, in the best of ways, as both peculiar and compulsive. …