Did you get any help from your parents? Physician assistants (PAs) examine patients, prescribe medicine, and order diagnostic tests. He’s not a licensed accountant, attorney or financial advisor. Learn More. I started off with a part-time employee job that paid me $75,000 and the rest of my time was in a private practice. All Rights Reserved. I know, right? I was a low-income earner initially. When I started, I made about $250,000 and then it ramped up pretty quickly over the next few years to around $450,000. Woman physician millionaire 4: A couple guests mentioned choosing the right partner. So maybe there's something else I can do with my money”. And then of course we have a guest post each week. Many of whom are very wealthy, certainly in the top 1% or 2% of physicians. Here are the questions and answers we discussed. I’m an Indian American male, 27… made 350k in finance last year and live in NYC. Dr. Jim Dahle: I'm not sure I've heard of that one before. So, I did finance my entire education. I would simply decrease the amount of income/assets needed in retirement because of it. We've got a mortgage. Dr. Jim Dahle: Women physician millionaire 1: Dr. Jim Dahle: I don't start out with a tremendous amount of college debt. Woman physician millionaire 4: It can. Woman physician millionaire 3: I found your book, your first book. We're going to let her stay anonymous, but tell us, first of all, about your career and education and what you do or did for living. Dr. Jim Dahle: If you need to review your disability insurance coverage to make sure it meets your needs or if you just haven’t gotten around to getting this critical insurance in place, contact Bob at. Yeah, that's it. And it was usually me and 10 other guys doing that same thing. I mean, first of all, don't underestimate compounding interest. Luckily, my brother in law Sean Tedesco is a financial guru and author of the blog Networth Millionaire . And then as a resident, I was at a great program, but not necessarily a family friendly one. Straighten out your financial life today! Dr. Jim Dahle: Woman physician millionaire 4: I came out in 2008. And we did a lot of that. They never wanted for anything and we never wanted for anything. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. I had taken out $140,000 in med student loans. I grew up with parents that worked all the time and we never had money and they don't see that same kind of situation. We got just a little bit of flack about it, however, because I think all but one of the physician millionaires were men. So that in the long run, he could see kind of the difference between playing with a fraction of it or not. Your previous content has been restored. Dr. Jim Dahle: Interview Feedback Essay Workshop Application Cost Calculator MD Applicants DDS Applicants LizzyM Application Assistant Moonlighting.org. It is instead an unusual problem in engineering”. Married, no kids. Threads or posts not on topic will be deleted or moved to the appropriate forum at moderator discretion. I'm really fortunate because I've been in the military my whole adult life. The WCI blog is also outstanding, and I’m amazed that most of the questions I’ve had along the way have already been answered in one of his blog posts”. We don't carry any debt, but we're extremely conservative and we keep like a higher amount in cash than anybody recommends. Dr. Jim Dahle: And then she can exchange these gold coins for certain treats if she's earned up enough. We certainly had an interesting time in 2008. Awesome. But my real goal is to get rid of my financial advisor. Women physician millionaire 1: I asked each of our guests in this episode similar questions and found some themes across the women. Dr. Jim Dahle: I was talking to one of my partners the other day who told me a year ago, I thought it was going to work another 5 or 10 years, but now I'm meeting with my financial planner and asking if I have enough to retire as you just get sick of dealing with the Covid restrictions and wearing a mask all the time and being worried about bringing something home to her family. My old outlook - if you went into medicine to make a lot of money - wrong profession for the wrong reasons. Dr. Jim Dahle: Dr. Jim Dahle: So, I helped, but they put it the bulk of it. It’s protected from your patients for the most part, but not your spouse! And honestly, at first it hurt. Do you think you were naturally frugal or did you learn that at some point or what happened? We had some really good local universities in the Bay area. And any woman who is programmed to marry a doctor ( probably by her parents ) seems to end up miserable. Though one did say it was important to have a plan B. And so, it's awesome to kind of concentrate them and learn from them and see what has worked in their lives. Dr. Jim Dahle: You are very welcome. Jessica: If I wanted big money I could've gone the MD route, long term, because short term it's about paying off that med school debt. Woman physician millionaire 5: And that's when we really started tracking things. But what you've demonstrated is that you don't have to know everything about it. Women physician millionaire 1: To be honest, because my husband told me we had to. So you could say the pension is worth $1M, but I wouldn’t bother. So, he was the driving force. What percentage of your portfolio do you reserve for "play money"? Woman millionaire: Women's Forum – By popular demand, a place to discuss issues faced by female high income professionals. Don't shortchange yourself. So twice I accidentally fell into jobs where I later found out loan forgiveness was an option. So, how long did it take? So together we make about $600,000. Woman physician millionaire 4: And so that wasn't modeled for me. And he bought all of his equipment in his office, his tables and lasers and all of that. Yeah. We actually don't spend a lot of money on things, having kids actually, having little kids at least I think has saved us some money in some ways, because it's not like we're taking a lot of trips or going out to eat a lot and things like that. Of course we had no kid, no car payment, our main outing was going for beer and wings (not that this happened often), and everyone we knew was in the same income range (though most neglected to save like we did). But I was really lucky. And then starting to save early, max out your retirement and retirement accounts and make sure you live like a resident for a few years. I think having a good support structure is important. I'll continue to save and make conservative investments for our retirement but I am very wary about comparing my wealth to others. Jessica: I’ll try to avoid asking the wrong questions in future interviews. Cindy has been working hard on this for the last couple of months, lining up all these interviews and we've been putting it all together. Our quote of the day today comes from Charlie Ellis, who said, “For most investment managers, portfolio management is neither an art nor a science. I have friends who make 75-100k/yr more than I do who own multiple timeshares, drive Mercedes, have 4 kids, Â etc and are always scrambling to pay the mortgage. I think we were probably around $700,000 to $800,000. Woman millionaire: I'm still not there. Okay. This is my husband and I together. Honestly, if you think about it and you just put the numbers in, if you put in even just the minimum requirement, which is $50,000 and you let that ride for a dozen years, you'd be a millionaire, even if you don't put in 8%. Dr. Jim Dahle: And what was your very best year? And currently renting there. But it's just a perception. Women physician millionaire 1: Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics (SPAP) One (1) $500 award to a student in their didactic or clinical year. How do you find balance in your life doing these two things? In those lower earning years in the beginning, I didn't have children yet. Dr. Jim Dahle: I want to mention something that I don't think I've ever really talked about on the podcast before. Dr. Jim Dahle: Common consumer refrain. I think before I had kids, I was just working and I had a high salary and I never had to pay attention because I had enough money for anything I wanted to do. Okay. Woman physician millionaire 4: I'd have to say, I really try to think about there's so many things that make you where you are. What seems absurd to you is normal for me, and there are people a few levels above me saving living on rice and beans, having no hobbies that cost money, and riding a bike everywhere...which I find unappealing. Women physician millionaire 1: I had an alcoholic father and that was a bit of a superpower because it allowed me to realize how I didn't want to end up. And I happened to get one job and stick with it for the 16 years. Similar numbers for your husband? That's just always meant that I've stood out. So, first of all, I came out of residency, pregnant with twins. And does your husband work? Woman physician millionaire 2: I would tell everyone that would listen also be on a budget and get out of debt. So, looking back at that, I'm wondering what else I missed out on because I’m a female. Yes. They want to be where you're at in a decade or two. So, I'm always amazed at the kids that are listening to your podcasts as med students that they already are even thinking about this. Jessica: $120,000 in there. This is the White Coat Investor podcast where we help those who wear the white coat get a fair shake on Wall Street. So, thank you to the podcast team for doing all this. And you said you're in the Bay area. Woman physician millionaire 4: Did you get any help from your parents? Medicine is not easy. You've got this and we can help. I personally believe they should be added to net worth and be spoken to as a valuable asset. To know that about yourself and just kind of spend the money on those things and skip the rest. So, what were your secrets to success? Dr. Jim Dahle: We got super lucky and that we made money on that house in residency. Some other things. Now you mentioned, you were very much wanting to buy clothes and cars and things like that. Never, it's never equitable. Students and applicants may participate in relevant topics, but are to start new threads in their respective sections only, NOT here. And I told him, “Okay, so $4,000 of it has to go into like an S&P 500 or some conservative account. And I got almost all these loans were paid by taking jobs that qualify for loan repayment programs. I'm going to give you the keys to the kingdom”. So, you may be the only woman. But I would say maybe about five years out of residency. Ashleigh Pedone is on Facebook. I think you just do all you can to lead by example, you don't have debt, you talk about working hard and you talk about saving money for things. And how was that divided up? Woman physician millionaire 5: Dr. Jim Dahle: If we don't agree, we're not that far apart. In order to help prospective physician assistants, analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average physician assistant salary by state for 2019, sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). You can also subscribe without commenting. I was completely ignorant of what was going on in terms of our accounts. I mean, right now our savings rates well excess of 50% to 60%. In the healthcare facility, the obligations of a physician assistant are necessary like taking necessary indications and taking care of unexpected emergency instances and other scenarios that call for instant attention. I'll see you next week. Woman physician millionaire 3: That is something that has been in the long run a really smart thing to have.”. We had kids later in life. It started in May of 2011. You’re not alone. So, you don't have to feel like you have to do that. if you're always saving for the future, when do you finally allow yourself to enjoy the fruits of your labor? Woman physician millionaire 5: Good podcast and great content lately… Definitely a refresher from the drama and rantings and COVID truther-ism on the other “social” parts of WCI (which sadly I know you have little control over). Dr. Jim Dahle: It sounds pretty familiar to a lot of Bay area story as I hear. We just always made that our initial priority. Dr. Jim Dahle: Well, actually I take that back. Woman millionaire: So, I think I had three secrets to success. So, I would encourage anybody to do all they can to start early and always pay yourself first. We own one rental property and we have about $70,000 mortgage on that. And I think that I saw the value of hard work, consistent saving. In my case, I happened to be lucky that I had a partner that had similar spending habits and value systems. He is an independent provider of disability insurance planning solutions to the medical community in every state and a long-time White Coat Investor sponsor. Thank you. How far were you out of training, do you think when you became debt-free? If you're not good with money yet you can certainly learn it later on. And I wasn't interested in doing that anymore. Woman physician millionaire 2: So really the only help was that the property, whatever the home equity and the property was that your husband brought into the marriage? Yes. I wouldn't say it hurt me because I worked for a good company and in a good location, but it did. But what's interesting is you've demonstrated that you don't have to be a hobbyist in order to be very successful. I'm sorry to say, but it's true. Woman millionaire: So, this is kind of fun actually to calculate. So, it's not just saving because my mother told me to. Woman physician millionaire 3: Yeah. So, kids came along a little bit later. I hope you take that message away from this episode. How much debt do you have currently? And he said, “No, no, we're going to do this”. Zero. And so, to know you can do it is important. I think we have seven women physician millionaires. So, I could come out and make a ton of money easily and have a ton of job available options. The women did bring up several points about sexism in their careers that hindered their ability to gain wealth. And we are completely debt free with the exception of some real estate debt. Woman millionaire: Did you receive any sort of inheritance or other windfall? I have a responsibility to my family to maintain financial security. It's really not that hard. Or for that matter time to spend by myself, or doing anything where someone doesn't own my time. Woman physician millionaire 2: Thank you. We probably could have paid it off pretty quickly, but we paid the minimum and then we would pay chunks. Woman physician millionaire 2: I haven't been held back in any way. A lot of moonlighting and a lot of side gigs. Know what you're getting into. So, it's all your income, it sounds like. And so, that was a real driving force. Vermont beats the national average by 3.2%, and New York furthers that trend with another $13,615 (12.0%) above the $107,038. And also, their environment is different than yours. But in hindsight, I can see that that probably wasn't the wisest choice. What advice do you have for those who are a decade or two behind you? I'm a general adult psychiatrist and I'm 13 years out of training. What was your net worth when you came out of training? I need other things”. My parents did pay for undergrad, which was very helpful, but it was very clear from early on that from graduate school I’d be on my own. That's right. What is the Pennsylvania Bulletin?. And then really the rest of the time has just been dumb luck. I’m also a dual military earner. Woman physician millionaire 3: So, I think that helped a lot. Woman physician millionaire 2: I guess it just goes to show you that there is no way to please everyone, especially on politically sensitive topics. You definitely have the drive, but you don't have the toolbox. Know what you truly enjoy spending money on and what you don't. So I'm mindful of what I want them to learn and mindful of dollars and inheritance that I'd like to pass to them and leave a family legacy and save for their education, et cetera. What would you tell them? Dr. Jim Dahle: Woman physician millionaire 5: I mean, there's been plenty of times where I felt like, “Oh, maybe I should get into real estate or loans online or X, Y and Z”, but it just never felt right to us. Jessica: All right. Others don't. What's the big motivation behind all these changes? You mentioned you had a few low earnings years and I suspect that might be part of the answer to my next question, which is how did you balance being a mom and becoming a millionaire? Saving >50% seems extreme to most Americans, and indeed by today's consumer standards it is! Do not saddle yourself with the loans. And what's your approximate net worth? But we are chasing financial freedom and I have energy. So, for some reason when I started working, I just got this itch to read about personal finance. Dr. Jim Dahle: When certain committees are up, they will just kind of overlook you.”. Because making the money, it's not your money, it's a combined pot. Dr. Jim Dahle: Jessica: I would say I was going to say five, but it took a little bit longer I would say to pay off a few things. “In public school I learned the magic of compound interest. Dr. Jim Dahle: Jessica: Dr. Jim Dahle: I do have a higher income spouse who is a physician assistant, but that year we made $170,000 total together. Dr. Jim Dahle: I mean, how did you become so wealthy? She said she made $54,000. How long did it take you guys to become millionaires out of training? Create a reasonable plan, and invest and save early and often, and you could be on the next millionaire episode! And so, I was able to save really well and pay off my house and pay off any school debts that I had. I had to learn it. Women physician millionaire 1: Yeah, I think a few things. Did that affect how you manage money at all? And so, there's always more obstacles to being anything as a woman, but you learn to balance it. My dad retired at that around 60 with sizeable net worth. With the amount of time you're going to spend in your training and learning about medicine, there is a very small fraction that can be spent reading a couple books; educate yourself. I'm at a point where, introspectively, I find myself thinking quite often about the long-term ramifications of my less than optimal financial decisions - (e.g. Woman millionaire: It's like the hardest thing I've done so far. Pay no more than 25% of income for mortgage, on a 15 year fixed, and try to pay it off in 7 years. It just takes time. Paste as plain text instead, × Woman physician millionaire 5: And so, I would say the only thing that has been helpful for me, even without that language is I do understand a little bit about asset allocation. And how long did it take you to become a millionaire? And recently she expressed desire for a certain toy that really gets her excited. For me, there's just certain duties that we have at home and certain responsibilities that come with being part of a family and living in a home together. We read a lot. I don't know if you've tried teaching them anything about money yet, have you? Because again, I was not being so frugal. Woman physician millionaire 5: Dr. Jim Dahle: But I fluctuate between $300,000 to $500,000. Dr. Jim Dahle: × Gosh, so many things. It sounds like your kids are still pretty young. Dr. Jim Dahle: Jessica: Like we didn't say, “Okay, we're going to say 40% or 50% of our salary”. Woman physician millionaire 3: Woman physician millionaire 4: When he took the male counterpart, my colleague, to dinner, he basically said, “I'm going to groom you to take over the practice. I had family that moved close to me. Okay. Woman millionaire: We've put my daughter in private school. Dr. Jim Dahle: I stand to make more than double what my wife and I are use to living on based on JUST my PA earnings alone once I finish school. It is just in time education. Woman millionaire: What's your specialty and how far are you out of training? So, what I'm teaching them is doing my best to teach them about saving and spending and what that means and what it really just means to live below your means always. What were their keys to success? Well, thank you so much for coming on the White Coat Investor podcast. njbmd Guest. And about a third is in different types of real estate investments. It would have been nice to perhaps delve a little more into their specific portfolios and philosophy. And all the standard stuff about pay down debt and invest 15% of your income, blah, blah, blah. I really had a difficult time and I nearly didn't make it through my first year of residency. But I'll say despite that, it's still hard. Woman physician millionaire 2: Dr. Jim Dahle: I mean, I think any woman would say that it's important who you have on the sidelines, helping you and making those balances. When I signed my paperwork for loans for the first year of undergrad and then going forward for med school, my dad walked me through all of it. Women physician millionaire 1: And somehow all the men in the group got those shifts. In my case, I happened to be lucky that I had a partner that had similar spending habits and value systems. Dr. Jim Dahle: Woman physician millionaire 2: Dr. Jim Dahle: And a two-engineer household is pretty similar to a one physician household as far as income goes. But no, I'm not in that range.Â. Dr. Jim Dahle: So, I would say, it all depends right on where you start. Dr. Jim Dahle: We are quite happy to be "DINKS" (dual income no kids) seeking "FIRE" (financial independence, retire early). As a rule, they don't seem to be really big on spending a lot of money. Ugh - count me out. 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