I’ve secluded myself into the academic world for the past decade doing research, clinical work, and teaching (more about me). I came out for a brief peek when I met the White Coat Investor in Vegas where he gave a guest lecture in October 2016 for the American College of Emergency Physicians conference. I approached him after his lecture and he encouraged me to find my unique voice and path. That is when I had the idea for this website and purchased the domain name to promote physician personal productivity, finances, and well-being.
However, I had a lot of academic and family commitments at the time and decided to delay starting the site. Almost three years later, I’m poking my head back out to start this site (July 1, 2019) and boy
I read the White Coat Investor’s most recent post in 2018 on all of the physician finance blogs out there and the overall message was that the field is pretty much saturated, and it would be difficult to create “another physician financial blog.” To be honest, I was a bit discouraged about entering a field with so many astounding individuals.
So, to get a better lay of the land I needed objective data regarding what I would be getting myself into and who the active players are. I looked through, Crispydoc, WealthyDoc, DadsMakingCents, and White Coat Investor’s posts regarding the overview of all of the current physician finance blogs. I noticed, however, that some blogs have not had recent posts and some were completely down! Furthermore, finding social media links for all of these sites was somewhat difficult.
So, I decided to approach learning about the physician finance blogging world in the best way I knew
I further want to apologize to everyone if there is inaccurate or missing data. I am still new to the world of blogging and wanted to share the results of what I found in the process of educating myself and bringing myself up to speed in case others who are also new to this may find this information useful.
- Figure 1: The Number of New Physician Finance Blogs by Year Since 2011
- Table 1: Comprehensive List of Physician Finance Blogs with Social Media Links Sorted by Alexa Ranking
- Table 2: List of “Inactive” Physician Finance Blogs
- Table 3: List of “Obsolete” Physician Finance Blogs
There has been an increasing number of physician finance blogs since 2011 when The White Coat Investor site, by James Dahle, first appeared. However, the exact number of active versus inactive blogs and their social media presence is unclear.
The Primary Objective of this post is to evaluate the current state of active and inactive physician finance bloggers.
- To determine the social media presence and links to physician finance bloggers.
- To learn the history of each blog by determining the start date of each blog: defined as the date of the FIRST blog post that could be found on their current site.
- Determine when the date of the LAST blog post was for inactive physician bloggers.
- Determine which blogs are obsolete. Defined as non-functional sites that are inaccessible or no current server.
An active search for a “comprehensive list” of all current physician finance bloggers was performed. *There are likely more physician finance blogs, but I narrowed my search using the lists obtained from the following pages:
|Sites Data Collected From||Date of Article Publication|
|White Coat Investor: https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/list-of-physician-financial-blogs/||2018.07.13|
- Demographics: site n
ame, website address, first blog post, last blog post
- Social Media Links to each site
including:Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Linkedin, Podcast
- Alexa GLOBAL ranking score was obtained for each site. (Click HERE to learn more about Alexa score and it’s limitations)
Figure 1: The Number of New Physician Finance Blogs by Year Since 2011
*Obsolete sites could not be included since those sites could not be accessed.
Table 1: Comprehensive List of Physician Finance Blogs with Social Media Links Sorted by Alexa Ranking
(*Date Alexa Ranking Data Obtained: August 22nd, 2019). You can read each blog’s FIRST and LAST post by clicking on the corresponding date. If you would like to follow ALL of the physician finance bloggers from this table on Twitter, I made a Twitter List which you can subscribe to so you don’t have to manually find them!
**the table is SEARCHABLE and SORTABLE by Column.
**All social media accounts can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding icon for the the site.
Table 2: List of “Inactive” Physician Finance Blogs
An Inactive blog is defined as having no new blog post for over 12 Weeks (dates and links to their last blog post can be found in the table above). I want to clarify that being “Inactive” does NOT mean these blogs are not posting anymore, they have just not had any posts for the past 12 weeks that I could find. **I contacted Thrifty Surgeon and he reports he has some great content coming up! Physician REI is in Maintenance Mode. In Future Proof MD’s latest post, he is busy with Interventional Radiology residency but reports he is still alive and will be back someday. Dr. Wise Money’s blog still has
Table 3: List of “Obsolete” Physician Finance Blogs
Obsolete is defined as a website that is not connected to a server or could not be accessed when their site was typed in. Check for yourself! Links attached for each site. (*
|A Good Life MD||Apprentice MD|
|Dr Scrilla||Fifteen Minute Financial Fitness||Med School Financial|
|Military Millions||Retire Early MD||Side Hustle Scrubs|
|Stealth Wealth MD||Time For Money MD||The Boss MD|
I spent about a day collecting this data and writing it up. I learned so much that I thought it would be good to share, especially for anyone new like me who feels overwhelmed with the amount of information and sites out there.
Main learning points for me:
- The highest number of new physician finance bloggers appeared in 2017 compared to any other year. Not many sites are starting in 2019 (maybe a bad omen for me that interest is going down? yikes!)
- I found it especially educational and inspiring to read everyone’s FIRST blog post and see how far they are today! It was also interesting to read the LAST blog post of inactive bloggers and notice that there was rarely a notice of their pending absence.
- Twitter seems to be the most used method for social media connection among physician finance bloggers.
- Given the amount of Twitter use in this community, I noticed only a few people actually use Twitter Lists. I found out it can be an absolute time-saver by reading Tweets focused by subgroup (Save time and subscribe to ALL Physician Finance Bloggers on Twitter from this post with a Twitter list I made: Literally takes ONE CLICK).
- Many physician finance sites will have corresponding Facebook group pages.
- Much fewer physician finance sites actively use Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, or Linkedin to network or promote content.
Limitations: I apologize as a newcomer to blogging and social media that I may not know all of the key players, but this is the best I could put together from what I could find in a day. I am sure I did not include all physician finance bloggers and I apologize for any inaccurate or missing data.
To sum this up, I am absolutely blown away with the physician finance blogging community. I feel like a new 3rd-year medical student (new blogger) doing a cursory review of pulmonary hypertension and presenting his findings to a seasoned pulmonary attending (the rest of the physician blogging community).
I do feel like I have a much better grasp of the community and how it functions. My main career focus has been on personal productivity, basic finances, and physician-wellbeing. After reviewing everything, I think I may still have a place in this blogging world and hope that some may find my experiences useful. But also understand that blogging monetization is not an easy task.
I look forward to meeting these amazing physicians at FinCon. It will be my first time going and I do feel like an imposter in this world of blogging, but I am open and willing to learn from anyone and everyone.
I hope you found this post useful. After collecting all this data, I decided I actually want to formally publish something in the PubMed literature regarding alternative paths in medicine through physician blogging and social media. I already submitted to the IRB a letter of determination at my institution and have a few medical students that want to help out and collect data! If you operate a physician blog and would be willing to have a short survey sent to you (pending IRB approval) regarding how you got started and advice you would give to others, please contact me or comment below. You will definitely be acknowledged when the publication goes out.
I truly believe collecting and reporting this data would be invaluable to the academic medical community that has little clue what the blogging community does and the importance it brings! I sure didn’t know until a month ago and I’m learning more each and every day. It’s like being a first-year medical student all over again. I love it!
If you feel this post was helpful or think further updates in the future could be beneficial, please let me know in the comments below and I can create a separate page with quarterly or biannual updates (depending on interest).
- Dr. McFrugal was the first physician finance blogger who encouraged and really supported me starting this blog. I was fairly hesitant in doing so before talking to him.
- The Physician Philosopher for releasing a Guest Post I wrote on his site on Personal Productivity, Burnout, and Financial Independence.
- I have not met WealthyDoc yet, but he has been absolutely amazing with his support of this newbie on Twitter. Also, his Alexa ranking list was the framework of how I built the table in this post.
- CrispyDoc who maintains such an amazing list of all of the physician finance bloggers out there. I could not have made this post without his hard work. If you want to get a “One-liner” describing all of the physician finance blogs his page is the place to go!
Xrayvsnwho has has been so active and kind to this newcomer. I don’t know how he seems to be commenting on everyone’s sites and Twitter handles at one time! I think he has clones, or maybe he is dictating his comments while reading scans. His “The Hospital” page contains active blog feeds for every single physician finance blog and more!
- I especially want to acknowledge James Dahle from the White Coat Investor for spending an hour after giving his lecture at ACEP in 2016 to talk to me about his path and inspiring me to find my own. He probably doesn’t remember our conversation 3 years ago but I sure do!
Vi Dinh, Physician Zen Editor
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