Financial Life Planning

Discovery Resource # ST-09
Resource Topic: Wealth Management
Planning Tools: Survival Tool
Career Phase: Learn
Description: The secret to becoming a rich doctor
For most physicians, whether you’ll ever be wealthy depends on how you spend your first paycheck post training. The secret to building wealth as a physician is to grow into your attending income as slowly as possible, especially in that first year out of training.

This chapter will help equip you with the mindset needed to make good financial decisions for your first 12 paychecks to help you pay down your student loans, save up for a down payment on your dream home and build a substantial retirement nest egg within just a few years of residency graduation.
  • Grow into your attending salary slowly.
  • Position yourself for long-term financial success.
  • Calculate your net income (Income after taxes).
  • Budget for your investment and savings plan.
  • Deploy your income according to your priorities to purchase your dream home, pay off your student debt and hatch a nest egg.
Author: James Dahle, MD
James Dahle, MD

Author, Founder of The White Coat Investor, Practicing Emergency Physician

James M. Dahle, MD is a practicing emergency physician and the founder of The White Coat Investor, the most widely-read physician specific personal finance and investing website in the world with over 1.2 million pageviews a month. He is also a podcaster, runs a YouTube channel, and the published author of two financial books aimed at high income professionals. He speaks nationwide and started the Physician Wellness and Financial Literacy Conference.

Dr. Dahle is married with four children and lives in Utah where he enjoys climbing, canyoneering, skiing, boating, ice hockey, and mountain biking.