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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REPAYE vs PAYE for Medical Students and Doctors

One of the most common questions that medical students, residents, or fellows will ask is should I use REPAYE or PAYE? These two programs seem to be the most popular plans available with IBR being a close third. Determining what plan is right for you could save you thousands of dollars if unable to use the standard repayment plan or refinance for lower interest rate.… Read the rest

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Completing A Financial Fellowship

In many ares of medicine, there is the ability to undergo additional training for specialization. For most specialties, additional training via fellowship usually means increased income. One example of increased income is a physician who completed an internal medicine residency and then goes on to complete a cardiology fellowship.

Internal medicine is a 3 year program. Cardiology is at minimum another 3 years of fellowship beyond internal medicine training.… Read the rest

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The Social Security Paycheck Bonus

This year I’ve finally made enough money to reach the Social Security contribution cutoff. The Social Security paycheck bonus occurs when an individual makes more than $127,200 per year. Any income beyond this amount no longer has taxes taken out for Social Security. New attendings who scrutinize their paycheck may notice a nice bump up in the take home pay when this threshold is reached.… Read the rest

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One Year Post Residency Financial Update

There is no better time than now to give a financial snapshot of what life looks like one year post graduation. One year ago, I graduated from residency and was anxiously wondering how things were going to work out. I signed a contract with no guaranteed income which had me worried if I would make as much money as I hoped for. … Read the rest

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Is Entrepreneurship Still Possible For New Doctors

The word entrepreneur in the past decade has seemed to take on a very different meaning, especially for new doctors. Two to three decades ago, being a doctor who was an entrepreneur often meant having a practice that was physician owned with a focus on growing this practice. Fast forward to today and many new physicians think of medicine and entrepreneurship as something that may no longer be possible for them.  … Read the rest

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Buying A House In A Sellers Market With A Physician Loan, Part 1

It’s been over six months since I started my job in Austin, TX. In that time, I have built an emergency fund to last 6 months, a wedding fund, and savings to have the ability for a small down payment for a house. The next financial step that I’m interested in is home ownership. One of the largest reasons I am considering buying is that I plan to stay in Austin area in the foreseeable future. … Read the rest

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What Entrepreneurs Can Teach Doctors

The popular TV show, Shark Tank, is a Hollywood snapshot of what some entrepreneurs go through in order to get to market. Yes, we all know that there are a lot of made for Hollywood moments. However, behind those dramatized moments are often stories of a struggle to build their dream.

My family is made up of various entrepreneurs. Each one started a company that could be described as a blue-collar industry.… Read the rest

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Seven Months Post Residency I Finally Reached A Positive Net Worth

After seven years, I’ve finally done it. I’m back to having a positive net worth. The last time I had a positive net worth was in the year prior to medical school. I have to say it feels good to climb out of the hole and start to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Here is a synopsis of my past net worth and how I got to where I am today.… Read the rest

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Don’t Doctors Drive BMW’s

Each week I show up to work focused on my patients and getting my work done. I’ve been at my job over half a year, which apparently is enough time for a large number of people to know what kind of car I drive. I recently had an encounter with a fellow physician and nurse that took me by surprise. They both commented on what kind of car I have and somewhat jokingly asked if I “Know that I am a Doctor.” Apparently, the car that I drive did not fit into their ideal for what a doctor should drive.… Read the rest

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