Docs Who Cut Back #5: Wealthy Doc

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Wealthy Doc was possibly the first physician finance blogger, generously helping us learn financial literacy back when Al Gore had barely invented the internet. In those days, the White Coat Investor had not yet started his blog, skinny ties were all the rage, and we docs were doing stupid things with our money. Nearly a decade later, WCI might clear …

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 #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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …