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About: I created this blog to enlighten, educate, and entertain fellow physicians and other people who may have similar circumstances (high-income, late start, educational debt, etc…). My aim is to help those who want to help themselves and share some unique insights from the perspective of a practicing physician. I hope to leave you informed and inspired to look at life a little differently than you might have before.
Year Started: 2016
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Recent Posts:
How to Score Cheap FlightsNovember 26, 2020
Investing Mistakes 2020: Misadventures in Stock Picking and Tax Loss HarvestingNovember 24, 2020
The Sunday Best (11/22/2020)November 22, 2020
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