medical school

When Should a Doctor Get Disability Insurance?

When Should a Doctor Get Disability Insurance?

I told him I needed life insurance. He said sure.  He told me I needed disability insurance.  I told him no (three times in fact).    He asked if I was healthy, and I mentioned a couple of medical problems for which I get treatment.  Eventually, though he sold me on the idea of going for it.  “What could it hurt to try….” It hurt a lot.

Why Do Doctors Kill Themselves?

Why Do Doctors Kill Themselves?

I still remember exactly where I was when suicide first touched my life.  I was in my second year of residency.  I was sleeping.  It was 2 am two days before Christmas when I received the call from my mom.  I can’t explain why, but I knew immediately. This started my journey into wondering why doctors kill themselves.

Creating A Personal Finance Curriculum: 5 Questions

Creating A Personal Finance Curriculum: 5 Questions

Over the last year, I’ve created a 10-week personal finance curriculum for the 4th year med students at Wake. If you’ve ever thought about doing something similar, here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before getting started.

Physician, Know Thyself: A Self-Identity Crisis

Physician, Know Thyself: A Self-Identity Crisis

It’s easy to lose your identity to this profession. Yet, we must remember who and what we are before we have a self-identity crisis like the one Steve had when I was in medical school.

Making the Naysayers Shut Their Mouth

Making the Naysayers Shut Their Mouth

I still remember this conversation from the first year of medical school like it was yesterday.  This was one of the first times in my life someone so profoundly told me “You can’t” or “You won’t” straight to my face.

TPP Blogging Manifesto-Part 2

If you made it through Part 1 (My background), congratulations. 

That was probably not what you expected to read, but I bet the rest of this post will be.  FIRE bloggers have been charged to come clean, and so here it goes! The TPP Blogging Manifesto.  Part 2: Coming clean.

TPP Blogging Manifesto: Part 1 My Background

In recent news, FIRE bloggers have been charged with creating a manifesto to describe their background and means for financial independence and early retirement. In Part 1 of the TPP Blogging Manifesto, I plan to lay out exactly what my financial beginnings looked like. Come step inside my head a bit & get to know me.

Financial Mistakes: It (mis)takes one to know one!

Financial Mistakes: It (mis)takes one to know one!

We are going to discuss five financial mistakes that I have made in my life and the consequences of each mistake.  I want you to read this in a certain light, though.  The light is this: You, too, can make it to financial independence despite making stupid mistakes like me.

Five Causes of Burnout

The flame that is so strongly lit when applying to medical school commonly dwindles into a slow fade of burnout for many attending physicians.  The impact is real and so are the consequences. Today we will discuss some of the causes.

Should I go to medical school?

Should I go to medical school?

It is a common question asked by those thinking about going into the field of medicine, “Would you go into medicine again if you did it all over?” Sometimes they ask, “Would you tell your son or daughter to go into medicine?”  Today we are going to look strictly at the financial aspect of this decision.

Should I do research? Five commonly asked questions

Given that I had the experience of thinking research was pretty worthless and then transitioned to “seeing the light,” I wanted to spend some time answering five questions that medical students often ask me regarding research: