I hit the submit button and thought, “Oh no, what have I done?” I stared at the computer screen, completely frozen, and told myself maybe there was a system error and the order didn’t complete. Then I heard the familiar chime and watched in horror as the banner notification slid across monitor. “Introduction to Improv - Registration Confirmed.” Curses! No malfunction. It’s official. I registered for an improv class. What was ...

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Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely road.  Everyone dreams of life after a successful round of funds being raised, staff being hired, and plunging headfirst into the making and shipping of widgets.  But there are many days which no one talks about, where a budding entrepreneur must find a way to get ideas from their brain to a whiteboard to a minimum viable product.  In those times, progress can seem elusive, and ...

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Around 50 percent of physicians are burned out, and many feel trapped in their job. Yet, I have heard it countless times from doctors who were able to cut back to part-time work that when they had more time away from work, they fell back in love with medicine.  Moderation in all things seems to be key here, and I’ve experienced some of that lately myself after a really hard ...

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The dictionary definition of learning is "the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught." For leaders, the most crucial and common way of learning happens through experience, and as we often say, leadership is flying the plane while building it. Moreover, the onus of making the process of learning an active one is on the leader, and self-reflection is the key to it. So, what's self-reflection? ...

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While the coronavirus pandemic has created financial strain for a lot of low-income and middle-class Americans, many wealthy people don’t seem to be as affected. The stock market is doing relatively well, and many of the world’s richest people are getting even richer. How is that even possible, you may ask? Here are three main reasons the rich are getting richer. 1. They create their own business. Instead of having a ...

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As a physician and proponent of introspection, inner work, and self-awareness as integral components of health, wellness, and spiritual development. I watched with intrigue the dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 related articles, social media posts, and videos purporting to offer solutions for these troubled times. They professed to teach people how to fight fear, manage anxiety, cope with grief, and/or overcome unpleasant emotions. This onslaught reflected a pervasive ...

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Two of the biggest hitters in the physician finance online world are both anesthesiologists (Physician on Fire and Passive Income MD).  Both of them are masters of side income by approaching money in completely different directions.  Is it sheer randomness that out of dozens of possible medical fields, both of these successful ...

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It’s something we are taught from when we are very young and is a core middle class belief: work hard, get a qualification, and then you’ll be able to find a good employer who will send you a nice paycheck every month. On some levels, this seems like an attractive option. Yet on so many others, it falls apart. For physicians in the United States, the concept of “employment” is relatively ...

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When I speak to medical students and residents, their number one question is, “Should I follow my passion or choose a specialty that pays well?” With so many students finishing their training deeply in debt, they are feeling a push to go into a specialty that pays better than average, thinking that it will solve their debt problem. But is that a good idea? Since we can pick anything we can ...

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Before the pandemic, we had an epidemic of physician burnout, with many physicians caught in a cycle of exhaustion, cynicism, and loss of purpose. All the change and uncertainty the virus has brought certainly doesn't help! It's now more imperative than ever that physicians build resilience to all the pressures and stress of our careers. In the decade I've worked as a physician coach, I've seen seven habits, thought patterns, and ...

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We often think something will or someone can make us feel better. When the system appears broken, the culture toxic, the space unwelcoming, we are uncomfortable. To feel more comfortable, we seek to change the surroundings and, when that seems impossible, change ourselves to fit in. We quiet our inner voices to create an external voice that joins in with the choir around us. We shift our appearance to more ...

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It's not every day you see hundreds of doctors flooding Twitter with pictures of themselves in swimwear. The trending hashtag #MedBikini arose when health care professionals began posting in solidarity to demonstrate how maintaining a life outside of the clinic, shockingly, does not detract from one's merit as a physician. In fact, it makes them more human. This past week, an article published in the Journal of Vascular ...

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"If you have an employment agreement with a provision on intellectual property, have it reviewed by an attorney before you begin applying for patents. A good attorney should be able to give you some clarity. Suppose, however, that your employment agreement has muddied the waters a bit. In that case, you have a few different options, and all of them will ...

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When I graduated from medical school, one of the best decisions I made was to set up automatic savings. I made a budget that had about 25 percent taken away in taxes, decided to live on 50 percent of my income, and made the bold move to have the remaining 25 percent placed in an entirely separate account. This account was reserved for building wealth through saving, investing, and paying ...

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I have never expected to write a submission to KevinMD, nor have I ever felt I would be compelled to do so. But the recent social media firestorm in response to the August 2020 issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, a manuscript entitled “Prevalence of Unprofessional Social Media Content Among Young Vascular Surgeons,” unearthed unexpected emotions that compelled me to put pen to paper. The implications of the article initially unsettled ...

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The perception of women being the weaker sex permeates every aspect of society, and it is shameful to admit that this also exists within the world of medicine. But this is no secret. It is not new. It has been a part of the culture of medicine that, unfortunately, has been long overdue for an overhaul. Many female physicians have ignored these issues because we would be viewed as trouble makers, ...

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Prevention is the best medicine. But when you’re already sick, what you really want is an effective treatment. When the level of contagion is high, and the likelihood of contracting a disease is great, you want to know that there are options available to support you when you inevitably get sick. If herd immunity is the most effective means of eradication, you want to do your part and hope others ...

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It's not hard to get started in real estate investing, but it can feel overwhelming at first. There are so many questions to answer!

  • Where do I get the money to do it?
  • How do I find the "right" property?
  • Do I have time to be a landlord right now?
  • Is it really worth the investment?
Financial security is an illusion, if your only income is from your main job.
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Locum tenens means “to hold the place of, to substitute for” and locum tenens contracts are a common form of agreement for physicians who provide temporary medical services in place of full-time physicians. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, increased demand puts physicians in a better position to negotiate their locum tenens contracts.  However, too many practitioners sign them without fully understanding their implications. This is a mistake. A well-drafted ...

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Ever since I entered the publishing world as a bottom-feeder editorial assistant in 2001, I’ve gotten all sorts of questions about “how to become a writer.” (Spoiler: Pick up a pen.) As my career progressed, I’ve edited lots of physician-authored material. Over the last few years, I’ve become an avid consumer of physician-written books and blogs. If that experience doesn’t sell you, I have received the distinct honor of engaging my ...

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