Rough Week

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The past week has been brutal: All this is in addition to watching a close friend struggle with disabling mystery symptoms for several months that have precluded his being able to work. This prompted my wife and I to spend yesterday asking what we would change about our lives today in light of the possibility that our future plans could …

An Inherent Tension

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This morning I read a wonderfully nuanced piece of writing by Peter Hessler in the New Yorker, which explored several delicate themes with great empathy. The unifying theme was the inherent tension of being identified as “other” in society, and how such a misfit identity can create a disconnect in how one is treated by society. Hessler captures something that …

Fifteen WCI Conference Names Better Than Yours

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No reader will accuse me of excessive entrepreneurial skill, but I recognize a good opportunity when I see it. From April 4th-12th, readers who purchase the White Coat Investor’s Fire Your Financial Advisor! course (reviewed here) will get complete access, at no additional cost, to videos from the inaugural WCI Con 2018, officially known as the Physician Wellness and Financial …

Diversification of Identity And Professional Ambition

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Those folks motivated to pursue careers requiring long training periods are understandably deeply invested in making those careers satisfying and achieving professional success through increasingly prestigious appointments. But what happens when career advancement requires separation from a significant other or children? Let’s examine a few case studies without right answers. I spent time in the horn of Africa during an …

A Big Ask

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People who read blogs like this one usually read many blogs, and as a result they need to be highly efficient with their time and do so very quickly. I get it because I do it, too. Which is why this is kind of a big ask for someone as busy as you, dear reader. Sometime this week, I’d like …

A Dirtbag Takes Off The Training Wheels

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Mr. Money Mustache piqued my interest in spending more time on a bicycle and less in a car. Meeting Physician on FIRE, who rides a bike to his hospital in Minnesota, exposed my flimsy excuses for driving my car in California. Collectively, they led me to pose myself a challenge: If I could routinely use my bicycle over the course …

Does Working Part-Time Make You A Better Doctor?

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Today’s guest post is by Vagabond MD, the radiologist whose interview inaugurated the Docs Who Cut Back series. His contributions to the physician financial literacy and wellness sphere have graced numerous blogs and podcasts, and his status is best summarized in the title conferred on a guest post he wrote for fellow celebrity blogger Hatton1: “Vagabond Speaks, I Listen.” Does …

Docs Who Cut Back #17: Dr. S

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Dr. S, a fellowship-trained radiologist, came to my attention via comments on the blog. Based on her succinct replies, she’d make one hell of an emergency radiologist. Don’t let this woman of few words fool you – her story is complex, compelling and instructive. Take it away Dr. S: 1. What is your specialty, and how many years of residency/fellowship …

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, …