Guest Post: W2 vs. 1099

What are the differences between being an Independent Contractor with income reported on a 1099 versus an employee with income reported on a W-2? Read on to find out. What, if any, are the benefits and drawbacks of being an independent contractor? Independent...

SURVIVOR STORIES: My Husband, the Stay-at-Home Dad

I am a suburban stay-at-home mom by trade. My whole parenting experience has been largely a solo-parent adventure due to my husband’s pursuit of a career as an orthopedic surgeon. At one point, I calculated that between night-float rotations, weekend call shifts,...

Guest Post: The Top 3 Estate Planning Mistakes Almost ALL Doctors Make

The Top 3 Estate Planning Mistakes Doctors Make Physicians are faced with challenges that require a different perspective on estate planning – there are no two ways around it. Sometimes just thinking about the estate planning process can be daunting enough – let’s not...

Guest Post: The Doctor Weighs In

Good News: The LLC and Trump’s Proposed Tax Plan We have all heard that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” I often tell my clients that this is how they can understand the legal benefits of a properly structured and maintained business entity such as a Limited...
PRE-MED PERSPECTIVE: Gamble

PRE-MED PERSPECTIVE: Gamble

I've always had a particular distaste for gambling. You throw away precious resources on the slight chance that you might get a return. When we began our primary applications in May, I was baffled that my husband wanted to apply to 30 schools, about half for D.O....

MED SCHOOL MADNESS: Long Distance Relationship

MED SCHOOL MADNESS: Long Distance Relationship

Long distance relationship. Most people have a heavy heart when they hear these words since long distance is definitely a challenge! But today I want to give some tips, tricks and advice on navigating a LDR with someone in the medical journey. Long distance is hard...

SURVIVOR STORIES: A Bracelet

SURVIVOR STORIES: A Bracelet

A few days ago, my seven year old asked me why I wear the same bracelet every day.  “Do you ever take it off, Mommy?”  I explained that the only times I remove it are when I’m stirring something hot on the stove, because it heats up and hurts my wrist.  Otherwise,...

RESIDENCY ROUND UP: Packing my Village

RESIDENCY ROUND UP: Packing my Village

This time of year, maybe even as we speak, a beautiful couple in Oregon is unpacking their Christmas village. A hundred little ceramic houses, a glass ice skating pond, and a fluffy cloud that sprinkles white confetti snow take over their dining room and, when they’re...

PRE-MED PERSPECTIVE: Tips for Interview Season

PRE-MED PERSPECTIVE: Tips for Interview Season

Tips for Interview Season   It’s officially interview season and while we have heard and read about the proper ways to interview for jobs, medical school interviews are a little bit different. During my husbands’ preparation for medical school interviewing he worked...

SNEAK PEAK: What are the LDW Angels up to?!

SNEAK PEAK: What are the LDW Angels up to?!

So, I took on the title of LDW Blog manager somewhat blindly. I wanted to be involved in the organization that I held so dear to my heart but I am soooo not a writer--I just rely on fabulous writers to submit their work to me. Well, I'm continuing that tradition after...

RESIDENCY ROUND-UP: All Hail the Chief

RESIDENCY ROUND-UP: All Hail the Chief

I'm lying here next to my husband who has, as he so often does, fallen asleep halfway through the show we were watching. And halfway through is pretty good: more often than not, he's out before the first fifteen minutes pass. He stays awake long enough to see the bad...

SURVIVOR STORIES: 20 Years of Wisdom

SURVIVOR STORIES: 20 Years of Wisdom

Surviving the medical profession—20 years out: Words of wisdom from a physician-spouse of over 18 years.   Being married for over 18 years to an emergency physician, with two kids now in middle school, quitting my career full-time to take care of the family full-time,...

MED SCHOOL MADNESS: The adventures of third year

MED SCHOOL MADNESS: The adventures of third year

Here we are… third year. How did that happen?! The days have been long but my have the years been short!   It’s rather amazing how starkly different this phase has been from the first. He’s home less, but far happier in general with his work. He’s not studying so...

PRE-MED PERSPECTIVE: Financial Baby Steps

PRE-MED PERSPECTIVE: Financial Baby Steps

Financial discussions always tend to be a stressor for couples. There is nothing that makes a person more vulnerable and defensive than taking a hard look at their bank statements with another person. As you begin to budget living on one, or two, less incomes just...

PRE MED PERSPECTIVE: Application Tips

PRE MED PERSPECTIVE: Application Tips

As Fall is slowly coming upon us and summer is fading away with our long days, the pressures of the application cycle increases. At this point, to do lists are getting long and it becomes so easy to put a few things off until tomorrow. If there is anything that we...

RESIDENCY ROUNDUP: Personal Statement Advice

RESIDENCY ROUNDUP: Personal Statement Advice

My husband and I have a pretty darn calm-as-a-placid-and-moonlit-lake relationship, and that’s the way we like it. However, there have been a few times things get bumpy, and it’s always when he’s applying for the next stage of training. It’s not because of the...

2016 Medical New Year Giveaway

2016 Medical New Year Giveaway

July 1st. It’s a date that has special meaning to those of us in the medical world. Medical New Year brings with it all the hope and apprehension of any new year, with big changes in many of our lives. These changes can be new cities, new jobs, new friends. These...

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