Physicians and Finances: stride to shift from a Debtor to Doctor?

Physicians and Finances

Physicians and Finances: move from Debtor to Doctor! The Antidote to physicians dissatisfaction.


Physicians and Finances, does it match at all? The path to grow into a medical doctor takes a great deal of time and efforts through rigorous training. It is highly competitive and mega expensive, but if you looked at it for a legitimate calling, the journey is gratifying.

When you complete an intensive medical-related education, your focus has perhaps been set to evidence-based scientific matters. As it should be, right? But many clinicians, both seasoned and new ones are naïve in terms of monetary management.

Doctors receive none investment or capital management training while they have been preparing in their careers. But, it just comes down to the basics: spending less than you make, learning to “pay yourself first” as suggested in the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, paying off debt without delay, and boosting your investment.

Nowadays, it's astonishing how many fellow docs get a little gratification from practicing medicine and in fact feel cornered. They have no alternative means to support themselves and their households. The burden that Physicians and Finances will take, in top of the dissatisfaction about our current broken health system and drug epidemics make this dilemma worst.

Aren’t you impatient to blow your now substantial attending check and buy your dream house? Aren’t you anxious to buy your always wanted luxury car, maybe a Mercedes or a Maserati? Yes, the temptation is there for new attending physicians to buy nice things and cease to lifestyle inflation. Unfortunately, that can have a major impact on saving, investing, and paying off debt.

Is the financial toxicity affecting your quality of life? As a result, is it impacting your family dynamics and your patients' quality of care? When economic burden decreases, outcomes improve for patients and those who care for them. Becoming financially independent adds a new enthusiasm for a chosen profession.

We have put together this post intending to give you invaluable free guidance and sources to gain the essential stages that would lead you to financial success.

We can deal with life under the financial burden, but we don’t have to. Through this Physicians and Finances post, learn how to develop Self-control over Temptation. We encourage you to follow the proper steps to a new self-confidence. Overcome fear and anxiety through understanding where you are at now, and more appealing, where you can be.

John H. Dahle. MD, author of the White Coat Investor blog, points to three aspects that limit young doctors from living within their means:

  • A sense of wanting and 'deserving' to spend after sacrificing for years;
  • A change in self-perception, prompting them to identify with rich physicians and desiring to spend that way; and
  • Progressive tax ("My taxable income has quadrupled, so my spending can too.")

If you are a new physician, chances are that soon you will prefer the ability to transition in your career. Why not plan your finances now? Take advantage of the following stepwise antidotal approach you can stand now to secure freedom later:

1.     Embrace your Accomplishment: you made it through very difficult times and obstacles. Cheers to your triumph of becoming a Medical Doctor.
2..     Live within your Means: don’t start spending your future income before you have begun to earn it. Live like a RESIDENT for few years.
3.     Achieve Debts Relief: Develop a financial planning strategy to pay off any accumulated debt without delay.
4.     Carry Adversity Insurance: obtain adequate health, term life, disability, and liability with tail coverage. Build up an emergency fund you can use to pay for minor expenses.
5.     Acknowledge Taxes' ABCs: you don’t need to be a tax code savvy or spend a great deal understanding IRS rules. Assimilate basic tax matters and it will pay off.
6.     Execute Investment Strategies: maximize all retirement plan opportunities. Unfortunately, a cover-all investment solution for doctors does not exist. Your plan will depend on your personal financial situation and goals.

Make a pause to think about the numerous modifications that would make your career more delightful and satisfying. If you required one-third or fewer of your present salary, how many of those modifications could you carry out? Probably all of them, and it would possibly cost fewer than you imagine, notably once you take taxes into account.

Are you weighting the role of Physician and Finances? Are you using a tracking expensive app or an online system, so you can take control and be on top of your money? I would suggest the one I've been using for years, a free finance personal app named Mint. It helps you manage your finance, create budgets, pay your bills, and check your credit score. All of that in one place, and free!

When we cut financial concerns, we notice a powerful increase in physician fulfillment. Begin now to develop your economic growth by learning as much about personal finance and investing as you can. By doing so you will not simply be wealthier, but more importantly, you will be happier. Together, let's stop running away from our financial freedom.

Build inner strength and enrichment through perseverance to link Physicians and Finances. Set new goals today for a joyful life tomorrow. Move from being a Debtor providing pressured care under tremendous financial distress to be what you’re meant to be. A prosperous debt-free Doctor providing excellent care to you, your family and your patients. With these Antidotal Approaches, we are improving the quality of life across-the-board.

Instructive and "must check" Physician Financial Links:
- From Wrenne Financial Planning: 10 Essential Money Moves for the Resident Physician.
- From White Coat Investor (WCI) blog: 8 step financial checklist for the new attending.
- From Passive Income M. D: New attending physician baby steps.
- From Physician on Fire: Live Like A Resident.
- From Physician on Fire: Live Way Better Than a Resident… On Much Less.
- From Physician on Fire: Renting versus Buying a Home: The Happy Philosopher’s Experience.

Recommended Books:
The White Coat Investor: A Doctor's Guide To Personal Finance And Investing.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not! 

Hendry Perez-Pascual, M.D
Editor and Founder - Antidote Care

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4 thoughts on “Physicians and Finances: stride to shift from a Debtor to Doctor?”

  1. Thank you for sharing this Dr. Pascual. Your article is very concise, informative and talk about a real challenge faced by new graduated physicians nowadays. Can’t wait for the next one!

  2. Hi, great topic and useful advices on your post and website. I highly enjoyed and recommended to my friend whom would like to know those effective ways to quickly shift from Debtors to Doctors! I will definitely stay connected for the next post. Thanks again!

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