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Fidelity Backdoor Roth IRA

At the time of this writing, a Roth individual retirement account (IRA) is a special retirement account that one can contribute up to $6,000 (or $7,000 if > 50 years old) per year. These...

Fidelity Retirement Portfolio Distribution 2020

I don't consider myself a financial advisor or expert, but I've been trading stocks for over a decade and wanted to delve into mutual funds with my retirement portfolio. Most of my colleagues picked...

My Retirement Plan – Roth IRA, 403(b), 457(b)

Income and wealth are two entirely different entities. One can have a high income but make horrible financial decisions that focus more on pursuing "wants" rather than making sound decisions for the future. Here's...

TROVE Custom Slim Wallet

I've had my Big Skinny bifold wallet for years! Despite being a "thin" wallet, I had it packed with things I really didn't need to carry 24/7 like my professional organization membership cards. Looking...

Billing In Critical Care

This post is supposed to be a primer about billing in critical care. I'll update it regularly as practices change. Critical care (CC) billing is based on time rather than complexity. There are two current...

Clinical Test Use Does Not Always Reflect High-Value Care

During our Quality, Value, and Patient Advocacy lecture, we revisited the common theme of addressing healthcare costs. In retrospect, medical school really doesn't drown us with knowledge about the costs of routine complete blood...

Last Tuition Payment

My very last tuition note has been paid!! Over the last four years, I've spent less than $80,000 on medical-school-related expenses: tuition, insurance, fees, supplies, contract parking, gas, wear-and-tear on the car, etc. Though...

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