Debt repayment vs investment for early career Canadian physicians

The long-standing debate between paying off debt and early retirement investing can’t be won just by looking at the math; the best choice for you depends on your comfort level and financial goals. In this blog post, we will delve into the arguments for debt repayment versus investment early in your career as a Canadian physician.

The Single Most Important Decision a Physician Will Ever Make

The one decision that a physician will make that weighs the most both personally and professionally is committing to a partner for marriage (or living common-law). This is relevant for most of us, since a Medscape survey in 2020 of 15,000 MDs in 29 specialties showed that 80% of MDs are married. Getting married or cohabitating is a transformative life event, but also comes with its own set of challenges. For physicians, marriage involves unique considerations given the demanding nature of the profession. Before tying the knot, it’s crucial for the MD and their soon-to-be spouse to have honest conversations about various aspects of their lives, which we will explore in this post.

Understanding your income and expenses

Understanding your expenses and income is crucial for financial stability and planning. It allows you to track where your money is coming from (income) and where it’s going (expenses). By creating a budget sheet that outlines inflows (income) and outflows (expenses), you gain a clear picture of your financial health.

Disability Insurance for Canadian Physicians

In a previous blog post (“Insurance for Canadian Physicians”), I had listed disability insurance as the single most important coverage you need after you finish your medical training. The same caveats apply as before, namely that I am not a certified financial planner or insurance expert, and that my opinions are based on experience and advice from colleagues. In this post, I will explain why I think disability insurance is vital, and explain the most useful ‘riders’ to the policies.

Insurance for Canadian Physicians

Physicians are entrusted to safeguard the well-being of their patients. While they focus on helping others, it is vital that MDs protect their own peace of mind and their practices through adequate insurance coverage. Normally you wouldn’t start a blog post with a series of caveats, but I think it’s warranted since this area is so complex.

No one cares about your finances as much as you should!

Physicians dedicate their lives to providing excellent care for their patients. However, amidst their demanding jobs, it is crucial for them to take the time to understand and manage their own finances. Financial literacy is generally overlooked in medical training, but it is an essential skill that impacts both the personal and professional aspects of an MD’s life. According to Environics Research 2019 MD Physician Literacy Study, 56% of younger physicians said that they did not receive financial education before starting their careers. The same survey showed that practicing MDs scored just 55% on a test of basic finance (although that is better than the 53% attained by residents). In this post, we will delve into why it is vital for physicians to understand their own financial situation.

See you at Vascular 2023?

Are you going to Vascular 2023? Canadian healthcare is entering a pivotal time where the demand and pressure on specialists is growing at an exponential rate. Over the last few years, you may have asked yourself some key questions about your future. Our team will be in Montreal from October 25 to October 29, 2023, and would love to meet up for a chat.

What to expect if SMP buys your Practice

We understand that the transition from sole ownership to a partnership model can be frightening for doctors, and team members alike. It can be an unsettling time with the fear of the unknown.

Strategies to avoid Physician Burnout

Physician Burnout

We know that physicians are more prone to burnout compared to other professions1. Recognizing the early signs of burnout in yourself or your colleagues is critical: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a decreased sense of personal accomplishment. The top reasons cited as to why burnout rates are worsening include higher workload, lack of work-life integration, social isolation, and rapidly changing policies and procedures2. To ensure that you can continue to provide high quality patient care, while leading a fulfilling life, here are some tips to safeguard your mental and emotional health.

Why are Physicians more prone to burnout?

Every industry has been grappling with the issue of burnout. As described by the Maslach Burnout Inventory, burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a decreased sense of personal accomplishment. Physicians seem to be particularly vulnerable to its debilitating effects, even compared to professions with a similarly long training pathway.