It's been some time since I last wrote about student loan refinancing. One reason is there hasn't been a lot of changes in student loan management strategies. The threats to PSLF by the Trump administration has yet to materialize so I continue to recommend to all medical graduates to strongly consider PSLF to help repay their student debt. Another reason is there hasn't been a lot of changes to the student loan refinancing industry. Many of the names are entrenched - SoFi, CommonBond, Earnest etc. and only one (Laurel Road) specifically targeted medical student loans. Today I want to introduce a newcomer to the medical student loan refi industry - Splash Financial.Read More
Over my short stint so far as an adult, I've learned a few things. One of the maxims I live by is "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't." So when a friend told me about this great subscription service where you can sign up for $9.95/month and watch any movie in any theater once a day, my first, second and third reactions were - "BullS***!" Some of you may have already heard of MoviePass. But now that I've had the opportunity to try out the service firsthand, I can tell you 2 things:
- It's real.
- It's glorious!
Do you hate splitting checks as much as I do? I remember way back in college, we would go out for these big group dinners and when the check comes at the end of the meal, it was always a 20 minute ordeal trying to figure out who owes what. Being the perpetual nerd, I always volunteered to pull out my smartphone and do the math. But turns out there is much easier and elegant way to split bills. Let's talk Splitwise.Read More
Yep you read that right, another non-financial post in less than 3 weeks. Apologies to my regular readers but I wanted to write this one down while it's still fresh in my mind. The following post is written for radiology residents. Feel free to skip if that doesn't interest you. Or read on if you're curious how your radiology colleagues are certified. This post is based on my experience taking the ABR Core exam at the Chicago testing center from June 8-9, 2017. Your mileage may vary.Read More
It's been nearly 2 years since FPMD's very first review post on Betterment.com. Most of the comments in my original review still stand true today. However 2 years is a long time, especially so in the fintech industry. While the core concept that defined Betterment, namely the emphasis on passive automated index investing, remain unchanged, Betterment has added some bells and whistles to their service offerings. Let's review the changes.Read More
Technology is a beautiful thing. On one hand we seriously risk getting replaced by computers in the near future (See We got to see how IBM's Watson supercomputer could help diagnose a patient). On the other hand, I'm constantly discovering new toys to help me save and invest my money. Read on for a brief review of Digit.Read More
I introduced the Doximity Career Navigator to WCM readers a few weeks ago. One of the 3 offerings contained within the Career Navigator is the Doximity Residency Navigator. Below I will show you why this is an invaluable tool for U.S. medical students. If you are a medical student and don't use Doximity, this alone should convince you to start using the social network for physicians.Read More
Let's face it, credit cards are convenient. Thanks to these little pieces of plastic, I actually don't remember the last time I wrote a check. Sure they may enable you to spend money easily and lead to bad habits. But even if you live a minimalist lifestyle, chances are you still have bills to pay. Unfortunately, some of the biggest expenses in life like rent and tuition still don't commonly support credit card payments, or they charge you a hefty fee for using one. This is where Plastiq.com comes in - pay for anything/everything with a credit card for a 2.5% fee.Read More
“The Big Short” has been on the “Good Reads” recommended reading list by White Coat Money since the very beginning. The New York Times best seller by Michael Lewis was recently given the big screen makeover by director Adam McKay with a star studded cast including Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt. I saw the movie – it was fantastic. It prompted me to revisit the book with a more critical eye. Here is the WCM review of “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis. Minor spoilers ahead.Read More