Extended Hours 9/9/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of Extended Hours! While the term “Extended Hours” may be an undesirable phrase in the lives of physicians, this series on the TheBossMD should prove to be a much better experience!

Extended Hours is the weekly roundup post published every Saturday here on TheBossMD. As with all of my content, the purpose of this series is to help physicians manage their positions, whether it be personalfinancial, or professional.

These posts are light on my thoughts and heavy on the best content I can find during my travels through social media and the internet. We might even have some fun along the way!

And The Winner Is…

As many of you may know, we have been running a contest to give away a 50 dollar Amazon gift card to one of my email subscribers. I appreciate everyone that participated and shared the contest! With that said, I have notified the lucky winner. Stay tuned to see if they will announce themselves! Please continue to share TheBossMD with your friends and sign up for my email list for more free stuff coming in the future.



Personal Position

Zero Day Finance had an excellent article about how Everyone Must Prepare For Emergencies. There are a lot of very practical tips included, all the way to lists of specific items you should make sure you have on hand. Personally, I have the most experience with hurricanes, and we keep a hurricane box ready with supplies along with several larger items (like our generator). Figure out what you should be ready for and get prepared now!

This next one is for my younger colleagues either in training or just out of training. I travelled a fair amount in my younger days, and it was one of my better decisions. Miss Millennia Magazine hosted a great article Why You Should Travel When You’re Young that contains some good tidbits for the younger crowd looking to see the world on the budget. You’re only young once. Go see the world!

Many travel blogs have numerous articles about the Caribbean, Alaska or any number of other popular destinations. Some of my favorite travel, though, is to smaller locales where I can really experience the local flavor. We plan to hit Europe, and specifically Germany, at some point as Mrs. BossMD does have some German family. 5 Must-Visit Fairy Tale Towns in Germany over at Travel Alphas will definitely help us out on our trek. The pictures of the available food and drink should be enough to get you to check it out.



Financial Position

Let’s face it. Those little munchkins you have are expensive. Given that you’re going to be financially responsible for them for eighteen to thirty three years (if they go into neurosurgery), you should look into ways to save some money. Derek at Life and My Finances gives some nice tips in How To Raise Your Kid For Half The Cost. My favorite tip? Definitely his suggestion to use cloth diapers. Sorry man, I just ain’t doing it!

The good doctors over at Physician Couple gave an update on their methods for dramatically increasing their net worth in How We Improved Our Net Worth By $730,000 In Less Than Three Years. Nothing complicated here. Just some good old fashioned thriftiness and saving. I am jealous that at least one of them still gets to wear scrubs on a daily basis. One of the main things I still miss about residency to this day.

Listen up government employed physicians. Dr. Dahle over at The White Coat Investor has an update for you on how to manage your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account in What You Need to Know About The Thrift Savings Plan. Like Dr. Dahle, I also have experience with the TSP. It is one of the best 401k plans around and everyone with access to it should be contributing. Follow Dr. Dahle’s advice and you can maximize your gains.


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Professional Position

After talking about The Curbsiders podcast last week, I decided to see what kind of podcasts other physicians were listening to. Fortunately, the fine folks at Doximity shared an article from Physician’s Practice entitled Listen up! Podcasts for Physicians. There are some great picks in there ranging from personal finance to clinical medicine. Coincidentally, this site has a similarly broad range, so I felt right at home!

My disdain for poorly run meetings is well documented, so I was thrilled to see an article about how much money meetings can waste from SuccesIsWhat. Many people don’t think about how much money a meeting can waste, but everyone should think about this, especially when you have high income employees like physicians. My monthly staff meeting I run costs $852, and the bigger meetings I participate in cost much more. Download the calculator and see what yours cost!

I keep things simple in my life, and I enjoyed Lolly’s Daskal’s article that asks a very simple question. Are you adding value or subtracting value? Many physicians simply assume we add value by showing up to our clinics each day. While treating our patients certainly adds a lot of value, I think we miss opportunities as leaders to do much more in our daily workflow. Think about this simple question as you go throughout your work day. What actions add value and which ones detract value? Should be eye-opening.

Just For Fun

While you’re reading this, there are one of two things going on. Either I am in Disney World having a blast, or I am at home preparing for Hurricane Irma. Neither scenario involves me checking in here multiple times throughout the day, but I sincerely hope that I am taking pictures with Mickey rather than hitting all the stores to find as many D batteries as possible. For you hurricane rookies out there, D batteries are worth their weight in gold one to two days prior to a hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey has obviously raised awareness recently about the devastation a hurricane can cause and with good reason. Speaking from experience, hurricane clean ups can take months and even years. If you’re looking for a monetary way to help, then I recommend giving to the American Red Cross.

I live in a part of the US that sees hurricanes a lot, so I have been through quite a few hurricanes myself. Most importantly, I’ve watched enough forecasts of hurricane tracks to know that things can change very quickly. We generally have pretty good data about how strong a storm is, but predicting exactly where that storm is going to go is a whole different ballgame.

My general rule is that I will stay home for a Category 1 or 2 storm. I am fortunate to be on high ground, so flooding is not an issue for me. Category 3 and up is usually where I am looking for hotel rooms or friends further inland so I can get out of dodge. Hopefully I won’t have to do this.

On a brighter note, my Clemson Tigers started their season last week with the fierce Golden Flashes of Kent State. No disrespect to these fine folks, but I think everyone knew what the outcome would be. There has been much discussion regarding if we could find a quarterback to replace Deshaun Watson, who was arguably the best to ever play at Clemson.

I may be biased, but I think our new starter Kelly Bryant answered the bell, and both of the guys behind him also proved they could get the job done. Many analysts have expressed doubt that we could repeat as champions this year, but let me give a warning to all. This team has more talent and depth than last year’s team. Just ask this guy from Kent State how it feels to play the Tigers:

With that said, bring on the Auburn Tigers today and let’s see who the better team is. There’s nothing like college football! Make sure to drop me a comment and tell me how your team fared. Maybe you even think your team has what it takes to knock off my Tigers. Bring it on!

Have a great weekend!

TheBossMD

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Extended Hours 9/2/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of Extended Hours! While the term “Extended Hours” may be an undesirable phrase in the lives of physicians, this series on the TheBossMD should prove to be a much better experience!

Extended Hours is the weekly roundup post published every Saturday here on TheBossMD. As with all of my content, the purpose of this series is to help physicians manage their positions, whether it be personalfinancial, or professional.

These posts are light on my thoughts and heavy on the best content I can find during my travels through social media and the internet. We might even have some fun along the way!

One Week Left To Win $50!

Before we get to this week’s picks, don’t miss your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. I am going to pick one of my email subscribers to be the lucky winner, and it will be announced on the Extended Hours for next week! Please sign up below and share this on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest or wherever else you may go.



Personal Position

Wealthy Doc wrote a guest post at Physician on Fire that should be required reading for all medical residents. Doctors are terrible at taking care of themselves, and Wealthy Doc eloquently talks about the value of taking break in his post succinctly titled You Need Rest, Doctor! I preach this to my doctors, and put bluntly, many of you need to read and apply these principles. Book your vacation now!

Apparently Future Proof M.D. is a boxing fan and caught the recent Mayweather-McGregor match. He has learned a little more from what watching the match other than make sure you always demand $100 million to fight someone! In 3 Lessons from Mayweather vs. McGregor, he talks about what you can learn from the match and how it applies to live. I especially like how his second point is to take calculated risks. I’d certainly call getting in the ring with Floyd Mayweather a risk!

How much sleep did you get last night? Don’t lie to me now! Most physicians are sleep deprived and run on empty too much. So I think the article Why You Probably Need More Sleep published earlier this year by Mustard Seed Money is especially applicable. You’d think that physicians shouldn’t have to be told the value of sleep, but I know it’s just not true! Put your computer and go take a nap (well, you can finish reading this first).



Financial Position

I really appreciate Passive Income M.D‘s honesty in his article How to Become Financially Independent Spending More Than $200K Per Year. I feel like many articles on the internet talk about living on bare minimums, and the reality is that many people are not going to go that extreme. Sometimes those expenses are necessary, i.e paying off loans. Just make sure you’re doing it on purpose.

If you want to manage your own money or just better understand investing, then you need to learn from mistakes, not just successes. Wall Street Physician talks about one of the more spectacular Wall Street hedge fund failures in The Dream Team Loses Big: The Fall of Long-Term Capital Management. Watch yourself before considering actively managed funds in the future, so this doesn’t happen to you!

Are you looking to get into real estate investing but have no idea how to decide when to pull the trigger on a property? Well Chad Carson over at Coach Carson has put together a great article to make real estate investment decisions in How to Confidently Buy An Investment Property-My Go, No-Go System. This is a great primer to pricing and financing rental properties, and if you follow the links in the article, you’ll find many more articles that are excellent review of real estate basics.


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Professional Position

Productive Physician has really outdone himself this time with his new post entitled Inbox Zero: The Ultimate Guide To Managing Your Email. This epic post goes through every possible nuance of email management. Like all things, you need to make email work for you, not the other way around. I know I have trouble staying on top of it myself sometimes. Thanks Productive Physician for your insight!

I usually listen to several podcasts while driving or charting, and I am constantly looking for new stuff. I just discovered The Curbsiders, and I can’t recommend it enough. This a clinical podcast from internal medicine physicians covering clinical topics. I just listened the heart failure episode this past week and gleaned several good pearls from it. Hopefully, I can start getting CME credit for this soon!

Dr. Schloss over at Left To My Own Devices did a great medical charting article entitled Why Healthcare Documentation Is So Bad. He gives a great summary of the history of EHR’s and the many different forces that led our notes to become the gibberish that many of them are now. Definitely recommend you check out the comments for good discussion.

Just For Fun

It’s been a fun week in the BossMD household. I am now down three pounds! Yeah! My body isn’t completely revolting anymore due to my decreased calorie intake, and my exercise is going a little bit better. My son can still show me up, but I think I look a little more decent this week. Here’s some video below that I think looks pretty close:

We have also hit a really big milestone with my second son. We are sleeping through the night! There is no fatigue like the middle of the night feeding fatigue. I tell medical residents that you might be able to stay awake all night in the ICU, but the sound of a baby crying at 4AM will make you flat out depressed when it happens for the tenth week in a row.

As this is our second child, I am predictably more relaxed with this one. I used to wake up at night spontaneously to check on my first child. Definitely not happening this time. My wife and I woke up once the first night my second slept all the way through. It went something like this.

My wife: “Hey, is the baby OK?”

Me (without moving a muscle): “Of course he is.”

My wife (without moving a muscle): “Awesome.”

Yeah, a lot of concern going on here.

I’ve also derived great joy from tricking my oldest into feeding his brother. He was happy to help at first, but the appeal is definitely waning. There are only so many “emergencies” I can fake and ask him to hold the bottle to feed his brother.

I know I must be pushing my limits because I asked him to help me out this week, and he flat out refused. I tried to put on my stern “dad” face and tell him to help me or else. Wouldn’t you know that little sucker stared at me and said,”You’re really lazy, Dad.”

Well son, you’re right….now get over here and hold this bottle. I may be lazy but, at least in this house, I’m still the boss!

Have a great weekend!

TheBossMD

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Extended Hours 8/26/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of Extended Hours! While the term “Extended Hours” may be an undesirable phrase in the lives of physicians, this series on the TheBossMD should prove to be a much better experience!

Extended Hours is the weekly roundup post published every Saturday here on TheBossMD. As with all of my content, the purpose of this series is to help physicians manage their positions, whether it be personalfinancial, or professional.

These posts are light on my thoughts and heavy on the best content I can find during my travels through social media and the internet. We might even have some fun along the way!

Win $50!

Before we get to this week’s picks, don’t miss your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. We will be having a contest here at TheBossMD for the next month. I am going to pick one of my email subscribers to be the lucky winner, and it will be announced on the Extended Hours for September 9th. Please sign up below and share this on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest or wherever else you may go.



Personal Position

Physician on Fire up and bought himself a lake front estate in Our Latest Real Estate Investment: 7 Acres of Lakefront. This may sound like a financial piece to you, but I think even he would agree this purchase was more personal than anything. He has some great plans to spruce up the place and build a new home for his family. Good luck PoF as you work on your new digs. Move it about 600 miles south, and I would have considered outbidding you!

The BossMD family is big on Disney World, so I’d like to present another Disney piece this week, Four Secrets of Fastpass+ At Walt Disney World, from The Disney Blog. The Fastpass is the single greatest invention in amusement park history, and this piece gives some great tips for managing that sweet ability to skip to the front of the line. I’ve previously read that up to ninety percent of Disney visitors don’t use the Fastpass system. Insanity! Check this article out and skip to the front of the line while the other suckers wait.

Mr. 1500 and I are kindred spirits when it comes to love of food. It looks like we’re both trying to lose weight as well (see the Just For Fun section below), and he describes his current progress in Ask the Readers:Machiavellian Motivation? If the pictures are any indication, I would love to go on vacation with him. Head over to check them out and support him in his weight loss bet with Mr. Wow from Waffles on Wednesdays.


Financial Position

If you’re brave enough to have kids in residency, then Wall Street Physician has an article to help you get a tax break for those deductions munchkins. The Child Tax Credit for Medical Residents describes the criteria you need to meet for the credit and just how much you can save. For many doctors, residency is the only time you will qualify for this, so listen up and cash in!

Some of you can’t be trusted with your own paychecks, and that’s OK, WealthyDoc has a plan for you. In Direct Deposit-A Key To Your Wealth, he describes how you should use your direct deposited paycheck to automatically fund your financial priorities. Determine where your money should go and set up a system so it goes there. No chance it magically disappears. Right, Building Income?

White Coat Investor revisits an oldie but a goodie in his hosted guest post by Jon Sycamore entitled Layering Term Insurance Can Save You Thousands. Jon talks about the benefits of term life insurance and how layering multiple policies can save you thousands in premiums while still providing the protection you need at each phase of life. Thanks Jon!


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Professional Position

Passive Income M.D. has a solid post about time management up this week, How Do You Find the Time? I know a lot of busy people that have trouble finding time to do things. Passive Income M.D.‘s answer is simple, he just does it. No excuses. It really is that simple when you think about it. If something is important to you, then you’ll make time for it.

My love for the Clemson Tigers is well documented, so I’m always conflicted over the growing connection between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. Patricia Salber over at The Doctor Weighs In did a nice recap of some recent evidence in 202 Footballers Donated Their Brains To Science-Here’s What We Learned. Have to say the evidence is mounting that we need more safety in multiple sports, including football. I just want my Tigers to keep running down the Hill!

I am still waiting for the first time I have to respond to a serious medical issue in an airplane, but I have always doubted there would be much I could do when the situation arose. In MacGyver the friendly skies: Whats in a commercial airline medical kit, Sightsee MD gives details about what tools you have to work with when the time comes and what kind of issues tend to happen. I have to say the supply list isn’t too bad, all things considered, though I have no idea what lidocaine is included. Does some need some numbing meds for their IM Benadryl?

Just For Fun

Those that know me know that I am not a big New Year’s resolution guy. If you’re going to put your mind to something, then do it. No need to wait for January 1st, in my opinion. In that spirit, Mrs. BossMD and I recently decided to crank up the diet and exercise and get in shape.

Over the past year, I had gained about twenty pounds from a mixture of pure laziness and sloppy eating habits. When I started to snore at night, my wife gave me the ole’ elbow and said enough is enough.

So I’ve traded in my Doritos for cucumbers and apples. We eat solely at home except on weekends, which has been nice for our budget. We also decided to exercise every day together after work so we could hold each other accountable.

For any of you that have laid off the push ups for awhile and started back, I don’t have to tell you how sore I was at the beginning. It didn’t help that my four year old would exercise next to me and pound out the exercises like it was nothing. I, in turn, looked a little closer to this:

Despite my temptation to make his cookies mysteriously vanish, I really enjoyed getting to spend some time with the whole family getting in better shape. I feel a lot better throughout the day and I’m definitely sharper. A win all the way around!

For those that want to know my exercise regimen, I turned my wife loose on Amazon to pick up some exercise DVD’s. She is a huge Biggest Loser fan, so naturally I found myself exercising to Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred.

Not even joking

I can almost hear many of you laughing uproariously at this point, but I will say, the workouts aren’t bad! I definitely break a sweat every time we do one and the results speak for themselves.

My goal is to lose the next ten pounds to get where I started and then go for another ten to fifteen more. I’ll keep you updated on my progress and feel free to send me Jillian Michaels memes on Twitter periodically for inspiration.

Have a great weekend!

TheBossMD

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Extended Hours 8/19/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of Extended Hours! While the term “Extended Hours” may be an undesirable phrase in the lives of physicians, this series on the TheBossMD should prove to be a much better experience!

Extended Hours is the weekly roundup post published every Saturday here on TheBossMD. As with all of my content, the purpose of this series is to help physicians manage their positions, whether it be personalfinancial, or professional.

These posts are light on my thoughts and heavy on the best content I can find during my travels through social media and the internet. We might even have some fun along the way!

Win $50!

Before we get to this week’s picks, don’t miss your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. We will be having a contest here at TheBossMD for the next month. I am going to pick one of my email subscribers to be the lucky winner, and it will be announced on the Extended Hours for September 9th. Please sign up below and share this on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest or wherever else you may go.


Boss For The Day

A big thank you to Tom at High Income Parents, who was this week’s Boss For The Day. Tom gave us some great knowledge regarding The Work Life Balance of Physicians. If you’re a physician, or any busy professional that matter, then please check out his tips for balancing your home and family life. Your family will thank you!

I was honored to guest post over at High Income Parents as well this week. Please head over and check out my post Three Tips for Negotiating Job Flexibility. I hope it can help anyone looking to bargain for some balance in their job.

If you are interested in submitting a guest post to be the Boss For The Day, then please shoot me an email. I’m always looking for great content!

Personal Position

Do you love Disney? Do you like to run? Well then, you’ll love Rebecca Darling‘s post over at R We There Yet Mom entitled 11 Tips to Run a Disney Race at Walt Disney World. This is a great look inside the RunDisney experience. Disney World is one of my favorite vacations for my family. Why not combine some racing with your vacation time? You probably don’t take enough vacation anyway. Go for it!

I dug up an article a few months back that EJ at Dads Dollars Debts wrote for Physician on Fire about taking a gap year. In A Gap Year Away From Medicine: One Physician’s Experience, EJ writes about arranging a research year in Argentina during residency and traveling South America. He also gives great tips for other ways to work in breaks to your training.

In light of recent events, I’m glad I can share What’s In A Name (And A Color)? from Working Optional. This post is a wonderful look at both the positive and negative parts of one person’s experience being a first generation immigrant in America. I hope this conversation continues as we try to remember America’s founding principles and how we should treat each other as people.



Financial Position

Chris Durheim over at Keep Thrifty shared a really interesting article that I think is applicable to many physicians I know. In Breaking Our Addiction to Home Updates, Chris talks about avoiding the constant temptation to update your home and even talks about their decision to ditch homeownership altogether to remove this temptation. Anyone going to join him?

Ever wondered if you should just work as an independent contractor or stick to your W-2 job. Rogue Dad, M.D. hosts a great guest post by Anjali Jariwali entitled Pay More, Save More-Being the Boss. He talks about W-2 versus 1099 income and the pluses and minuses associated with each. Highly recommended for anyone considering working on your own.

The Wall Street Physician explores how index funds are actively cutting costs even further. In Race To The Bottom: Will the Price War Between Vanguard and Fidelity Lead to A 0.00% Expense Ratio Index Fund, he discusses the current market forces leading financial services companies to cut index fund expense ratios. Sounds like an opportunity to me! Glad my money is benefiting from these cuts.


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Professional Position

Dr. Mo over at Urgent Care Career discusses how he plans to earn a full time income as a physician while traveling wherever he wants to go. Location Independent Income Put Into Practice: A Guide For Earning An Income While Living Abroad is a great read for anyone looking to pick up a few physician side gigs that can be done from anywhere or even for folks looking to see the world while working as a full time physician just like Dr. Mo!

Pamela Wible MD guest posted on KevinMD and shared a wonderful piece entitled Doctors:Are You Employees, Business Owners or Entrepreneurs? Dr. Wible eloquently talks about how individual doctors need to do a better job evaluating exactly what role they want to play in the healthcare system based on their personal characteristics. You will only enjoy your work if you do what fits you best!

Is medicine something you enjoy? Do you wake up in the morning excited about it? Passive Income M.D. writes that the secret to enjoying medicine is to make it your hobby in For A Long Happy Career, Make Medicine Your Hobby. He argues that uncoupling your income from your medical career can allow you to truly enjoy medicine. Sounds like a good plan!

Just For Fun

Now that school has started in TheBossMD house, I look forward to some great post work hugs when I walk through the door. Definitely the highlight of my day a lot of the time. My oldest is almost five now, so I don’t get quite the same reaction as I used to. This video below though will make you smile if you’ve ever had your kid run up to you and hug you when you come home. Try to watch it without smiling. The cuteness cannot be resisted.

 

You may remember from my previous Extended Hours post that I love World War II movies. I have successfully made my way through The Pacific mini-series about the Pacific theater of World War II. I’m now re-watching Band of Brothers, the mini-series documenting the European theater of World War II.

I take care of several World War II veterans, as I’ve mentioned before. The majority were in Europe, and I love to hear their stories. I selfishly try to carve out as much time as possible during appointments just to let them talk. It may have nothing to do with medicine, but I’ll gladly run behind just to hear their take on history. Truly fascinating.

Not Fun

My late night TV viewing took on a whole new meaning with the events in Charlottesville this week. I try to keep this post focused on fun and positive things as much as possible, but I’d be remiss to not to say something about this.

I was horrified to see the Nazi flag and hear such venom spewed in a protest march in the United States in 2017. My patients that fought against this and watched their friends die are probably even more sick to their stomach. My wife’s grandmother grew up in Germany during World War II as well, and I sat with her and listened to some of her experiences before she passed. She was horrified then and would be horrified now to hear these hateful ideas publicly lauded.

There is no place for any kind of intolerance, bigotry, and hatred in America. We cannot stand for it, and I am confident that we won’t.

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Extended Hours 8/12/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of Extended Hours! While the term “Extended Hours” may be an undesirable phrase in the lives of physicians, this series on the TheBossMD should prove to be a much better experience!

Extended Hours is the weekly roundup post published every Saturday here on TheBossMD. As with all of my content, the purpose of this series is to help physicians manage their positions, whether it be personalfinancial, or professional.

These posts are light on my thoughts and heavy on the best content I can find during my travels through social media and the internet. We might even have some fun along the way!

Win $50!

Before we get to this week’s picks, don’t miss your chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. We will be having a contest here at TheBossMD for the next month. I am going to pick one of my email subscribers to be the lucky winner, and it will be announced on the Extended Hours for September 9th. Please sign up below and share this on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest or wherever else you may go.



Personal Position

KevinMD shares a good word from MusedWithMary regarding having other interests outside of medicine in Love Something Other Than Medicine? Its OK. Great reminder to be a complete person, not just a doctor.

Dr. Val of GetBetterHealth shared a story from Outside that I thought was applicable to physicians entitled Why Do Rich People Love Endurance Sports? Anecdotally, the endurance sport pull does seem to fit as I have several friends that participate in these types of things. Does the ambiguity of our everyday workplace environment make achievement so ambiguous that we pursue self punishment just to accomplish something? Read and find out!

Physician on Fire deviates from his financial advice to talk about personal fitness (Do you think you’re a doctor or something?). I believe this is one of his older posts but I wanted to share it anyway. His article Stay Fit for a Longer & Better Retirement is ostensibly about staying fit to enjoy retirement, but it actually contains great advice for staying fit right now. My patients are well aware of my focus on a daily exercise regimen to stay health and reduce stress, and it looks like he agrees with me.



Financial Position

Colin over at Building Income had me rolling while reading his article The King of My Castle. I think everyone can relate to having a moment where you blow your budget or when you try to tell your spouse “I don’t need permission to do this.” It never ends well for me, and it doesn’t look like it fared any better for you, my friend!

Ever do something stupid that costs you money? I know I have (I swear that sign said 55 MPH). Financial Panther writes that you should plan for this in his article Create A Stupid Mistakes Fund For Your Stupid Mistakes. Seems smart to me!

Sometimes we physicians need to be reminded of the advantages we have in many aspects of life, and there are other people that have achieved far more while starting with less. Tim Kim over at Tub of Cash shared his post recently entitled Did You Hear About The Millionaire Janitor? Think about this next time you complain about your money!

 


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Professional Position

I thought this article was really cool for anyone that enjoys medical history. Dr. Richard Vaughan shared a piece from 99percentinvisible called The Stethoscope about the history of the stethoscope. Pretty cool to learn about the origins of that thing hanging around your neck!

A Good Life M.D. writes about medicine and the toll it can take on your life in Medicine Is A Wormhole. I know I have asked the same questions as him sometimes. Where exactly did my 20’s go? Excellent read to realize you’re not alone in asking that question.

Future Proof M.D. is now a Doximity fellow. Congratulations! His first post, Why Students Should Go To The Cheapest Medical School, over at Doximity is something that every potential medical student should read. I know I will be sharing this with all potential colleagues that contact me. Hopefully they can learn from my student loan problems!

Just For Fun

Well, we are almost halfway through August, which means that all of our new intern colleagues have successfully made it through one month as a doctor. Congratulations! The party has just begun for many of you, but I’m sure you already have some great stories to tell. I can certainly remember a few “firsts” during my intern year.

I actually remember my mother asking me if I had taken any pictures with my first patient. I tried to explain that I saw my first patient around 6AM, and they were none too happy to see me. Looks like somebody else had the same thought when they put together this little gem.

Speaking of intern year, one of my staples was grabbing a nice cup of coffee and a donut after rounds. This may have contributed to my weight gain but it certainly was a little slice of heaven.

Apparently some numbskull decided to sue Dunkin Donuts because their blueberry donuts don’t contain real blueberries. I read about this over at The Penny Hoarder, and my first reaction was disbelief. I figured this had to be fake, and someone was playing a joke on me.

Alas, it turns out its true, and I can only hope that a judge will realize how ridiculous this is and defend the honor of my beloved blueberry donuts. They’re lucky they didn’t go after Krispy Kreme because that would be a level of injustice that would move me to open warfare. Here in the South, insulting Krispy Kreme is like insulting someone’s mother. “Them’s fightin’ words” as we say.

For anyone that has read my About Me section, you’ll know its one of my goals to join the Senior PGA Tour one day. While that goal may not be realistic, I do love golf and will be glued to the PGA championship this weekend.

I’ve really enjoyed watching Jordan Spieth play as of late, and I’ll be pulling for him as he goes for the career grand slam. Though I may not play like him, I have been able to recreate some of his magic recently.

When my patient satisfaction scores came out last week, I had made a big jump after some concerted effort. My reaction was similar to Jordan’s reaction below, if you replace his golf club with my stethoscope and his caddy with my nurse (video courtesy of the PGA).

Well that’s it for this week’s edition of Extended Hours. I hope you enjoyed this week’s selections. Tune in next Saturday for another edition!

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Extended Hours 8/5/17

Welcome to this week’s edition of Extended Hours! While the term “Extended Hours” may be an undesirable phrase in the lives of physicians, this series on the TheBossMD should prove to be a much better experience!

Extended Hours is the weekly roundup post published every Saturday here on TheBossMD. As with all of my content, the purpose of this series is to help physicians manage their positions, whether it be personalfinancial, or professional.

These posts are light on my thoughts and heavy on the best content I can find during my travels through social media and the internet. We might even have some fun along the way!

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Extended Hours!



Personal Position

I am putting this article first for a reason. Rick over at NoahsDad has an excellent blog where he details the life of his son, Noah, who has Down Syndrome. If you click on no other link in this post, please read How A Chic-Fil-A Employee Changed My Idea of “Meaningful” Work. Thank you Rick, Abbie, and Noah for  your perspective.

TheBossMD family really enjoys taking trips and vacations. For those still in the medical school/residency phase of life, Mike and Nicole over at TwoGreenDocs tells you how to stretch your travel budget as far as it can go in Traveling on a Student/Resident’s Budget. Got my sights set on Disney World later this year!

My son has been learning to swim recently, so I have been that dad cheering wildly from the side of the pool. Despite my crazy dad status, I really enjoyed the Learning to Swim article over at Mommy’s New Groove. Doctors tend to have the same anxieties about their kids as everyone else. We just have medical knowledge to up the paranoia level a little bit more.

Financial Position

The state of your marriage has nothing to do with money, right? Wrong! If you’re like me, then your money and your marriage go hand in hand. Michelle over at Making Sense of Cents has a fantastic article about how to handle a spouse with limited financial insight in What To Do When Your Partner is Horrible With Money. Fortunately, this does apply to me. Love you honey!

I really enjoy real estate as an asset class and as a fun business venture. Brandon Turner over at BiggerPockets is one of the best in the business, and he recently wrote an article entitled The Top 100 Ways to Make Money in Real Estate. Head over and check it out. He’s also active on Twitter and puts out a great podcast each week. Hit him and tell him I sent you!

Speaking of real estate, Amy over at LifeZemplified is doing some real estate investing of her own. She admits that it may not be the soundest financial move in the world in her article Accidental Landlording:How Not To Buy A Rental Property. We’ll see how it turns out!

 

Professional Position

Michael Kirsch over at MD Whistleblower writes about adjust patient expectations for after hours care on KevinMD in When it comes to after-hours care, expectations need to be adjusted. Interesting perspective for all of us that have ever answered a phone or seen a patient on nights and weekends.

I can’t tell you how many botched patient encounters I see that are completely about communication. Suneel over at DocThinx write about 5 Communication Mistakes Doctors Should Avoid. Go check it out if you want to improve your communications with your patients or staff.

I always recommend learning as much as possible about your colleagues, especially nursing staff. It’s amazing how much better teams function when everyone understands each other’s roles. Charlie over at LifeOfAMedStudent talks about transitioning from nursing to medical school and the different challenges associated with each in From Nurse to Medical Student-Lessons Learned From Changing Careers. Great read!

Just For Fun

There’s a lot of stuff that goes on in medicine that is frankly hilarious. How many times a day do you do stuff just to get your patients care, but when you really think about it, is just flat out crazy? Brad Nieder over at Healthy Humorist talks about the insanity of health insurance physicals in this clip. Watch and chuckle.

In other news, the first day of school is coming here at TheBossMD household. We are proudly moving up from 3K to 4K. This year is much different from the last. This year, my son is talking nonstop about seeing his friends and meeting his teacher. Last year looked a little more like this:

Here’s hoping there are no news cameras outside my son’s school this year!

I’m a big fan of war movies, especially World War II movies. I have had the privilege of caring for my share of World War II veterans, and I still have a few that I see. I tend to recycle what I watch and one of my favorite mini-series is The Pacific.

You can guarantee that anything involving Steven Spielberg is going to be a winner, and this mini-series is no exception. I’ve had several of my patients that fought in some of the depicted battles say it does as good of a job as you can do showing what it was like. Give it a look, and when you’re done, thank a veteran.

Last but not least, we are right on the cusp of football season. I prefer high school and college football myself. There is nothing like a Friday night under the lights watching your high school’s team play followed by a Saturday full of college action.

This football season is different for me, however, as my alma mater enters the season as the reigning national champions. That’s right, my Clemson Tigers are still the champs, and I’m not giving up the title until someone else wins it. For all my Alabama fans or anyone else that wants to talk some trash, leave a comment and we’ll talk some ball.

For any of you that don’t know, Clemson has one of the best entrances in the country dubbed “The Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football” by Brent Musburger. I think it only appropriate that I leave you with this great behind the scenes look at my beloved team’s entrance. Go Tigers!

Well that’s it for this week’s edition of Extended Hours. I hope you enjoyed this week’s selections. Tune in next Saturday for another edition!

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Extended Hours 7/29/17

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Extended Hours! While the term “Extended Hours” may be an undesirable phrase in the lives of physicians, this series on the TheBossMD should prove to be a much better experience!

Extended Hours will be the weekly roundup post published every Saturday here on TheBossMD. As with all of my content, the purpose of this series is to help physicians manage their positions, whether it be personalfinancial, or professional.

These posts will be light on my thoughts and heavy on the best content I can find during my travels through social media and the internet. We might even have some fun along the way!

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s Extended Hours!



Personal Position

Dr. Sonia Henry writes an excellent piece on KevinMD entitled Doctors:Don’t Lose Your Humanity. Highly recommended for anyone drowning in the world of metrics, reimbursement, and generally needing to remember why you’re doing this medical thing.

Looking to take your family on a sweet Hawaii vacation while paying next to nothing? The Luxe Strategist is here for you. Check out her tips for traveling to Hawaii for $45 in Travel Hacking:How I Booked Four Flights to Hawaii for $45. Sign me up!

Passive Income M.D. provides great perspective on managing work life balance and how to make the most of the time you have here on this Earth in his piece How Many Summers Do You Have Left? Will make you think deeply about your priorities.

Financial Position

White Coat Investor hosted one our lawyer colleagues, Joshua Holt of The BigLawInvestor, on his blog this week with a post entitled How to Save A Million Bucks Before You Become A Law Firm Partner. Don’t worry physicians, this is one lawyer you can trust. There is timeless wisdom here that can apply to any high income professional.

Physician on Fire recently ran an article featuring a physician that has taken saving money to a whole different level. Check out the man who earns $1,800,000 per year and only spends $70,000 per year in the first installment of Holy Stealth Wealth!

This next article features some personal mixed with financial. Michelle over at The Holistic Wallet has a good word that spoke right to my sometimes obsessive tendencies in True Life:I Was a Personal Finance Addict. I don’t know about you, but it probably would be more healthy to not check my student loans daily!

 

Professional Position

John Jurica over at The VITAL Physician Executive details the Top 10 Reasons to Pursue a Business Degree for aspiring physician leaders. Great points to consider for anyone seeking any type of leadership role from private practice to large healthcare organizations. I still say business degrees are not required in our current environment, but they are definitely more in favor than they used to be.

Everyone remembers some of those dark days during residency, right? Natashia Seemann delivers a nice article on her site More Than Scalpels and Sutures about Terrible Things You Will Think During Residency and Why Its OK. A good reminder that those in medical training should have a little leeway at times.

Heard much about medical quality lately? I have. Kjell Benson over at The Consolation of Philosophy writes about How to Create Medical Quality While Hardly Trying. I think you’ll find yourself nodding as you read, just like I did!

Just For Fun

Need a little laugh? A good pick me up? This section is for you. It’s hard to be a physician. You deserve some fun. Check this out.

Our friends over at GomerBlog deliver a wonderful new diagnostic tool in their latest masterpiece New Cheetos Finger Decision Rule for Abdominal Pain. Hospital administrators everywhere are lauding the improved costs and patient satisfaction scores. Any article with Dilaudid and Cheetos is sure to be a winner in my book.

For all of you personal finance types, the mecca of personal finance is at it again, The Onion. In their latest must read piece, they discuss their latest financial research entitled Study Finds Americans Do Most Financial Planning When Figuring Out How to Get Money’s Worth at Buffett. Truly insightful stuff.

Last but not least, I love you with one of my favorites, Brian Regan, talking about the emergency room. The clip is a little long, but if you’ve got 8:24 to spare and need a good laugh, then this video is for you.

Well that’s it for the inaugural addition of Extended Hours. I hope you enjoyed this week’s selections. Tune in next Saturday for another edition!

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