Docs Who Cut Back #3: Xrayvsn

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Xrayvsn is a radiologist practicing in the Southeastern U.S.  He’s a kindred spirit who factored lifestyle considerations into choosing his optimal job. His posts are notable for their candor and vulnerability; reading his personal account of divorce will leave you raw and grateful. He’s also created terrific series interviewing fellow bloggers (The X-ray Beam), assessing whether physicians can afford items …

This Week In Gratitude

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There’s an Ice Cube song laid over an old sample (the Isley Brothers’ Footsteps In The Dark), perfect for weight lifting back when I was younger: It Was A Good Day. It was playing in my mind as I reflected on the past five days: Hope you took a moment to jot down how life is good as well.

Docs Who Cut Back #2: Hatton1

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Hatton1 is an internet famous OB/GYN best known for sharing her investing wisdom over many years on the WCI forum. My finest day as an aspiring physician finance blogger was finding she’d commented on my site – the newbie’s equivalent to becoming a made man in the mafia. She blogs at Doctor Of Finance MD, where her experiences as a …

Teaching My Kids To Prepare For A Bear

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I’ve written previously about my attempts to teach our children about investing in order to demonstrate the value of letting your money work for you. With the raging bull market, it had been an easy lesson, since every time we checked their investments they could see gains. Now comes the greater challenge. When we started their financial education, they earned …

Docs Who Cut Back #1: Vagabond MD

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Welcome to the first installment in what I hope will become a shared playbook for physicians who seek role models: docs who cut back to improve work-life balance. When burnout strikes, the reflex is to desperately search for an escape hatch from medicine as quickly as possible. This series is intended to demonstrate alternate paths to outright abandoning your medical …

A Review of The Doctors Guide To Smart Career Alternatives And Retirement by Dr. Cory S. Fawcett

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Dr. Cory S. Fawcett describes himself as a repurposed physician, which is one of the more delightful descriptions of a retiree’s encore career I’ve heard to date. I had the pleasure of meeting Cory (forgive my Californian’s desire to remain on informal terms) at FinCon18, and he was far more than I expected: He was kind enough to send me …

Don’t Let Someone Else’s Script Narrate Your Story

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Sometimes the people we love are those most likely to sabotage us by insisting on forcing our unconventional narrative to fit within their traditional story framework. My wife’s grandmother, a widow, had developed dementia and moved to an assisted living facility. My wife’s aunt, a successful attorney in her 50s who happened to be single, had come from out of …

Gasem Started A Blog!

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Have you heard the news? He has started a blog! I’m referring to Gasem, the brilliant retired anesthesiologist with rapier-sharp wit who’s opinion seems to be two standard deviations off from the mainstream and simultaneously far more sound than the mainstream, if that’possible. Please check out his site and show him some love in the comments. Gasem has supported many …

Are You Having A Career ALTE?

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Careers in medicine have evolved over time. It’s always been a hard path, but previously, you knew what you were getting when you signed up. Recent changes have eliminated significant autonomy and prestige from a medical career. Increased debt conspires with decreased satisfaction until we unexpectedly encounter an Apparent Longevity Threatening Event (ALTE), an inflection point where we acknowledge that …


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This weekend was spent in North Carolina strengthening ties with people we love but see less often than we’d like. BT is one of those people. Most of us were single. BT was married with a kid. Most of us had family in California BT was a southerner with a disarming drawl. On learning that fast-talking West coasters inevitably underestimated …