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When You Are In A Hole, Stop Digging

This is a frequently used phrase in my house. It means “if you are in trouble the first thing you should do is stop doing what got you...

Getting Good Advice

Physicians have a reputation for being bad at managing their finances. The reasons are many, and include: years of delayed gratification;...

Making Part-Time Work, Work For You

This is not about all the reasons doctors should or shouldn't go part-time, although there are worthy arguments on both sides. I want...

Physicians And The Code of Silence

It is amazing to me that a group of people who can talk about rectal fistulas at the dinner table gets all bashful when it comes to the...

The Wage Gap at Home

When my husband was in college, he wore a button that said "This is what a feminist looks like". He cooks, cleans, changes diapers and...

Dual-Physician Couples: The Long View

When my kids were little and my husband had a solo urology practice, I was a full-time parent.  I taught pre-clinical medical students...

Side Gigs: Good, Bad and Just Plain Wrong

There is a lot of interest among doctors in earning auxiliary income, either through extensions of their medical career, through...

The High Cost of Volunteering

I have two volunteer jobs: I work one morning a week a school-based health clinic, in a middle school about a mile from my house. I see...

Grow Your Own

My husband grows giant pumpkins (BACK OFF LADIES, HE’S TAKEN). His hobby is safe, cheap and keeps him out of trouble. It also bears a...

Physician Non-compete Agreements

If you want to get really depressed about the state of physician-administration relationships, read any internet conversation about...

The 80/20 Rule

If you have been hesitant to manage your own finances because you fear you won’t be good enough, the 80/20 rule is for you. The 80/20...

Cheaper Than Therapy

The best gig I have had since medical school was writing ad copy (I had some pretty good gigs before medical school too, but that’s a...

Why You Might Not Want to Retire Early

Writing about financial independence is generally focused on one goal: early retirement. In fact, there is an entire community/attitude...

Finance and the PCP

Today a patient told me that when she grows up she is going to be a doctor, a superhero and Elsa. Obviously I have the best job in...