Every hospitalist heard that locum tenens work pays better than permanent. Of course, I did, too, when I first started practicing. This was one of the reasons why I switched to the full-time locum tenens years ago. Now, things have changed since then, and employed hospitalist salaries have been rising steadily over the years. It became obvious, then, that $150 per hour for locum tenens work doesn’t cut it ...

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This message is for all of the women who have forged their paths in medicine, hoping the next generation would come closer to shattering an increasingly fragile glass ceiling. This message is especially for my mother. The most influential female educators I have ever met have been the physicians I have encountered in my medical training, the first of whom I met the day I was born. I recall hearing stories ...

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Recently, Forbes named Jay-Z the first rap music artist billionaire.  There are a number of reasons that he is classified in this exclusive category.  However, his humble beginnings from the Marcy housing projects in Brooklyn did not hold him back.  He found ways along his journey, and received some good advice, that made him successful beyond his career as a musician. Taking the time to practice your trade ...

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I remember the day well. The dean of my medical school called me directly. As soon as she announced herself on the other end of the line, I knew it was bad news. Deans don’t tend to make social calls, and I was right. She was calling to tell me that I had failed the USMLE Step 1, the first in a long series of standardized national exams to complete ...

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After my term as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, I could join the Air Force Reserves, go back to school or work as a pediatrician. I chose school and work. I had no specific "why," since I earned the VA educational funds, it was more like "why not?" My friends and family had mixed reactions. Never one to dwell on a thought, I jumped in before I ...

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Physicians leave training with expectations of earning a generous income and dreams of an extravagant lifestyle. They go from years as a struggling resident to a working individual with a stable income. Once they become attendings, their salaries skyrocket, in some cases from $55,000 annually to $550,000 annually. A $550,000 income requires extensive financial planning, of which the average physician has no experience or exposure. They are building a practice or ...

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On October 23, 2018, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot was 1.6 billion dollars, making it one of the largest lottery jackpots in history. In the week leading up to the drawing, the hospital was abuzz with chatter. Discussions about the possibility of becoming an instant billionaire were just too good to resist. During that week, I found myself sitting at the nurse's station in one of the ICUs at midnight. A nurse ...

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Last Thursday I got up at 5 a.m. to bake a lasagna. Admittedly, lasagna for breakfast is not my typical go-to, but last Thursday was the last session of a year-long advanced faculty development course on teaching skills that I co-direct and teach. In one of our first sessions of the year, we used the ice-breaker, “What would you choose for your last meal?” In the past, when I’ve asked this ...

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As an incoming resident physician, I need disability insurance. Although a group policy is offered through my employer, it doesn’t provide enough coverage to adequately cover my monthly expenses or insure my future income. Thus, I purchased an individual long-term disability insurance policy. This is what I discovered: 1. Disability insurance is expensive. A substantial number of people use disability insurance, so companies raise the price to cover the payouts and ensure ...

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An excerpt from We: Ditch the Me Mindset and Change the World. We use them to greet friends, congratulate acquaintances, and embrace loved ones. To lay bricks, perform surgeries, and sculpt artwork. Everyone uses them thousands of times a day in a variety of different ways. It took me years to recognize ...

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