Avoiding Delay In Hospital Credentialing

Credentialing at any hospital can be a time intensive and a frustrating process. Doing locum tenens work on the side, I have already been through this process several times in the past year. In order to minimize any time delay between submitting the application and being credentialed, there are some documents that should be readily available to submit upon request. I’ve created a list of all documents needed by most hospitals to streamline the process.… Read the rest

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Build The Life You Want, Not The Bank Account You Want

It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture with investing. While building investment portfolios, sometimes it’s easy to forget to build the life you want, not the bank account you want. Like many others, I love reading other blogs focused on early retirement, financial independence, or frugal living. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I started this website to help others with personal finance and investing.… Read the rest

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A Caution For Doctors Entering Into A RVU Based Contract

Doctors’ paychecks are often structured in one of three ways. Salary only, salary plus incentive bonuses, or production only. RVU (Relative value unit) is a method the United States Medicare system uses to value reimbursement for physician services. Some physician contracts, such as my contract, is 100% based on production, or how many RVU’s I bill for.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each system.  … Read the rest

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Fun Friday: Doctors Who Homebrew Beer

This Fun Friday post will be about doctors who homebrew beer. Every so often I post a lighthearted, but yet financially related topic. In the past decade the hobby of brewing beer has seen a huge surge in popularity. With the surge in home brewing beer, there has also been a surge in the number of craft breweries created by those who may have started as home brewers.… Read the rest

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Financial Impostor Syndrome Post Graduation

It’s that time of year where newly graduated physicians have started their first job as an attending.  The sudden change is in many ways as drastic as entering medical school. Suddenly, there are a whole new set of problems to conquer and a feeling that, just maybe, other people are better than you at tackling these problems.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then consider yourself lucky.… Read the rest

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The Growth Of Administrators In Health Care

I’ve recently seen a graph that was pretty jarring to say the least. The graph below has been copied in many different articles in the past years. The main claim in this graph is about explosive growth of administrators in health care positions. The growth of administration has increased since Medicaid and Medicare came into effect. However, I cant help but wonder how much of the growth is overblown or real.… Read the rest

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The Golden Handcuffs For Doctors – Loan Forgiveness

Graduating doctors often have a significant problem to overcome – student loan debt. Many new doctors will not consider a job unless there is some form of debt repayment or ability for debt forgiveness. Jobs that offer debt repayment can end up being a golden handcuff that keeps new doctors attached to their job for potentially longer than they would like.… Read the rest

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When The Amount Of Medical School Debt Seems Hopeless

Graduating from residency or fellowship with large amount of student debt can feel a lot like standing in front of a mountain. It’s hard to see the end when the debt load is overwhelming. Most of the people I know who have over a quarter million in debt fall into one of two categories. The first group is individuals who feel that the amount of medical school debt seems hopeless.… Read the rest

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Abandoning Academic Medicine For Private Practice

It’s no secret that physicians in private practice often times make more money than their colleagues in academic medicine. For hospitalist, the difference in pay can be greater than $100,000 a year! However, taking a job in academia is not all about income. There are many benefits that academic medicine gives to doctors that private practice jobs can fall short on.… Read the rest

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How To Find Scholarships For Medical School

One way to minimize debt is to obtain scholarships for medical school. There are two main reasons why my student debt was lower than the average doctor. First, I went to a less expensive medical school. Second, I was able to get more than 35,000 dollars in scholarships for medical school. Not one of the scholarships came easy. Each one took a lot of effort to find.… Read the rest

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