Docs Who Cut Back #4: B.C. Krygowski

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B.C. Krygowski is a physician, author, blogger, wife, mother and the generous spirit who brought wine in abundance to share with her fellow docs in finance at FinCon18. 1. What is your specialty? Hospice Palliative Medicine (HPM). 1a. How many years of residency/fellowship did you complete? My husband and I both did 3 years of residency. I also did a …

Strategies For Cutting Back: Group Policy Change

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Medicine is a conservative profession, where change is viewed with suspicion and the reason, “But we’ve always done it this way!” is as unquestionable as, “I’m the mommy, that’s why!” was in childhood. (Incidentally, the latter was the bumper sticker on the station wagon that served as my first car, which made meeting girls as a 16 year old uniquely …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Convergence

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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 …

FU Space

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Those of us in the FI community are extremely familiar with the concept of FU money, the acquisition of funds sufficient that we are empowered to say no: to unwanted work, to aggravations, to servitude. I’d like to introduce a tangentially related the concept: FU space. Let’s define the concept as the ability to say no to the company of …

A Priority We Pursue vs. A Luxury We Can Uniquely Afford

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Pursuing financial independence, especially as a physician, can inadvertently bring about feelings of resentment from colleagues. Taking cues from bloggers far smarter and more experienced than I am, I’ve learned not to bring up the subject of finances around co-workers, although if asked I’ll volunteer that I geeked out on finance a few years back and took over managing our …