The Sunday Best (8/21/2016)

The Sunday Bestsunday best trophy is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with a number of worthwhile reads each week.

Most posts will be from recent weeks, written by physicians, and related to personal finance, but expect to find a post or two that are lacking some or all of these elements.


Presenting, in no particular order, this week’s Sunday Best:


Physician Financial Services

We all have different takes on early retirement. There’s my Guide to Retiring at 45 at Physician’s Money Digest.  The Happy Philosopher pushes the envelope with How to Retire by 40. The White Coat Investor tells us How To Punch Out of Medicine in 10 Years. Radiologist Sensei @ Senior Resident doesn’t think it’s that easy, particularly in Hawaii where he lives and works. Check out his target age and more in his two part series, Retiring Early and How to Retire Early.

Radiology seems to be a popular specialty for physician personal finance bloggers. Perhaps because they love staring at screens? Another radiologist friend, Future Proof MD recently took a cruise. Like me, when he got back, he was compelled to write about it. Cruise on over to his site to learn some Money Lessons from Cruising.

When early retirees are profiled in the mainstream media, the haters come out in force. Money Boss J.D. Roth gives some advice to the featured families In Everyone Hates a Winner: How to Cope with the Haters. Meanwhile, Jim Collins took a respite from his summer vacation to give his perspective on the topic in What the Naysayers are Missing.

In an oldie but goodie, the FI Fighter shares his story about retiring from a physician-like salary as a young man @ Investment Zen. Here’s How I Walked Away From A $200,000/Year “Dream Job” At 31 To Live My Life.

Many recent residency grads are starting their first “real doctor jobs” this month. Investing Doc has written a general, but thorough post on how to get that job. Check out A Guide to Obtaining Your First Job as an Attending.

Make sure you factor in the work / life balance when shopping for that first job. In a thoughtful post @ KevinMD, a physician’s husband, Warren Holleman, PhD  laments that he found himself in an unfortunate three-way in Married to Medicine: My ménage à trois.

If you’re reading this blog, you might be interested in some money tips. The Practical Saver has curated 55+ Money Tips (For Making and Saving Money). Enjoy!

Not much to report on the home front. I had a busy workweek. The boys are enjoying their summer vacation, which will be over before we know it. I watched a little bit of the Olympic coverage, which inspired two blog posts, the first of which was published the other day, and another you’ll be seeing on Tuesday.

We’ve got one more trip planned before summer ends and everyone heads back to school. I’m doing my best to create a few great posts to share with you while we’re away visiting family in Tennessee the week after next.

Have a great week!

-Physician on FIRE


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Lawrence B. Keller, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, RHU®, LUTCF has been in the insurance and financial services industry since 1990. Unlike medicine, which has a standardized path that physicians must take to gain the education, training and experience requirements necessary to obtain board certification, the insurance and financial services industry does not. Working with an agent that is familiar with the underwriting of both disability and life insurance policies for physicians can all but guarantee a smooth underwriting process in which the desired outcome is likely. While he might not be a doctor’s first phone call regarding their insurance needs, he is often their last.


  • Thanks PoF! I really like JD’s post Everyone Hates a Winner. Good stuff indeed.

    And it is indeed strange there are so many radiologist bloggers…

  • Thanks PoF…

    Nice to be included, made my Sunday. 🙂

    As it happens, I came here directly from reading JD’s piece on the same subject: Great stuff!

  • thank you for these awesome articles! this has become my weekly must read 🙂 i love happy philosopher’s post and the last sentence is so so wise! it resonates with what i learned recently, which might be super apparent to most. instead of impulse buying a second home to improve my relationship and family life, investing time and resources into relationship/family therapy is much sounder investment choice.

  • My kids (as usual) woke me up early on Sunday and so I log into my wordpress account and… see a bunch of new readers!

    Thanks for including me in your Sunday Best PoF!

    As for why there are so many radiology bloggers… I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because we dictate all day so we have this inner desire to be heard…


  • Thanks for the great articles and the great community you help us be a part of. Have a fantastic week.
    cd :O)

  • Earlyretirementphysician

    Thanks for these sunday best of lists POF! As a fellow anesthesiologist, I’m one year out of residency, board certified now, and shortly will pay off my loans. I’m looking for the next challenge, and I know it won’t be doing 24 hour in house ob call q7. It helps reading these stories about FI. As you’re an avid blog rader, have you run across any great medical mission blogs?

    • Good for you!

      I haven’t read any medical mission blogs, but I attended a panel session on the topic at a recent meeting. I learned there are global health fellowships in anesthesia, and American physicians who willing go into war zones to provide care. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for them.


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