Docs Outside The Box

Docs Outside The Box

Docs Outside the Box is a fusion of medicine, money, and pop culture. Dr. Nii Darko looks into the minds of cutting-edge and innovative doctors, professionals, influencers, and entrepreneurs who are earning, saving, and investing their way to lifestyles they’ve always wanted.You won't find these financial lessons in any medical textbook. You're getting real, live insight from men and women pushing the envelope beyond medicine. Welcome to medicine’s new media!

Episodes

August 10, 2022 37 min

If you could see your life as a series of time slots, how would you fill each one? Listen in as Nii talks to Jordan Grumet, MD (a.k.a. Doc G and host of the Earn and Invest podcast) about his new book Taking Stock.  It challenges readers to view money and wealth building through the lens of purpose, identity, and passion - with the end goal of living life to the fullest and without regret.

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  • The meanin...
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    In this episode, Renee & Nii discuss how the common forms of debt (student loans, consumer debt, mortgage) keep you stuck in the rat race and burnt out!

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Renee clarifies how much she really owed the IRS
  • The Top 10 Medical Schools that keep their students in the highest debts
  • Why you should consider refinancing your loans
  • Why the Darkos don’t co-sign loans for anyone

  • Resources listed:
    Student Hero Medic...

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    Nii discusses the trend of doctors seeking less than full-time work. Sarah Ledbetter, Physician Recruitment Manager at Provider Solutions & Development, is on to debunk the theory that medical employers are solely seeking full-time doctors.

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Defining Full-time work
  • Which generation is seeking more work/life balance
  • The 'Covid Reset' and how doctors look at employment now
  • The difference betwee...
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    Nii and Renée continue the conversation on money traps that doctors fall into with Money Trap #3: Doctors not negotiating their worth and not maximizing or diversifying their income. 
     Things to expect in this episode:

  • Doctors trading time for dollars and finding that sweet spot in pay and lifestyle
  • Active versus passive income
  • Renée’s experience negotiating her contract vs. using an attorney
  • Medscape Study shows that burnout among phys...
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    July 22, 2022 67 min

    In this special episode, Nii and Renée celebrate the 300th episode!! In honor of the occasion, they take a trip down memory lane to the early days of the podcast. 

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Nii shares what inspired him to start the podcast
  • The first episode and first guest 
  • Nii finding and trusting his voice
  • Nii talks about the hardest part of producing a podcast and some of his favorite episodes and guests
  • A champagne toast to t...
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    Nii brings on Travis Hornsby, founder of Student Loan Planner, a team of consultants that help people navigate paying off their debt fast while maximizing loan forgiveness opportunities. Student Loan Planner has counseled over 8,000 clients and created plans that cover approximately $1.8 billion in student loan debt.

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • A discussion on FFELP, Direct Loans and Public Loan Forgiveness
  • The difference betwee...
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    Nii and Renée continue their conversation about the 11 money traps that keep doctors burned out. In today’s episode, they delve into Money Trap #2 - No Financial Planning. They break it down into three parts: budgeting, not understanding how money works, and not meeting with a financial advisor. 

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • The worry-free way to start a budget
  • How to automate your spending
  • Why money is a tool
  • You need a financial ...
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    Nii talks about all things related to podcasting with Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine specialist Dr. Derrick Burgess - Host of TimeOut with The SportsDr. Podcast. His podcast is where life, sports, and medicine intersect. 

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • The state of podcasting
  • Dr. Derrick's message and audience
  • Athletes and equity
  • The key to podcasting is the content
  • The challenges and rewards of consistency
  • Learn more about...

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    Dr. Nii converses with Kevin Matthews, number one bestselling author, former financial advisor, certified financial planner and creator of BuildingBread, an educational program designed to inspire millennials to set, simplify and achieve their financial goals. In this episode, they cover many financial topics facing medical students, residents, and attendings - particularly how a recession impacts investing. Other topics discussed ...

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    Nii and Renée sit down to discuss a multitude of topics including their 5-Star review, when a patient’s outcome is not what you thought it would be and switching from a PC to a MacBook. Lastly, they offer creative debt solutions to a listener grappling with going to PA school and accumulating more debt or pulling out of school and working. 
     
    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Nii’s post-call experience
  • Nii’s humbling switch from a PC t...
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    In this Docs Outside the Box episode, Nii and Renée take on two hot-button topics - abortion and gun violence. In the wake of the overturning of Roe v Wade and Uvalde, they explore the consequences for women who are denied abortions and the impact of gun violence on children and teens in our country. 

    They also tackle the lesser known and understood issue of the disproportionate number of black residents that are dismissed from thei...

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    Nii talks with Molly Bell, a recruiter at Provider Solutions & Development, to discuss the income pay gender gap between women and men physicians and how women can negotiate their pay and leverage other benefits. 

     Things to expect in this episode:

  • Gender pay disparity statistics and the reasons behind them
  • Molly Bell’s role as a liaison between the candidate and the hospital
  • The physician shortage and how women can leverage
  • Is work...
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    Nii sits down with Trevor Cabrera, who completed his residency training in General Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and then transitioned to working as an exclusive Locum Tenens provider. Listen in as Dr. Cabrera, also known as The Nomadic Pediatrician, talks about his first locum job, paying off student loans, the lifestyle locum work affords him, and his blog that documents his travels and ex...

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    After reading Mark Manson’s New York Times Best Seller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F-ck, not once, but two times, Nii extracts and summarizes the most noteworthy points.

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Who you are is defined by what you are willing to struggle for
  • Learn to give a F about what’s really important to you
  • Choose values that you can control and are not based on others
  • Is the root of your constant stress and anxiety a n...
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    A leading expert in medical entrepreneurship and healthcare venture capital, John Shufeldt, MD, sits down with Nii to discuss the twenty businesses he has started, their successes and failures, and how physicians can start and scale their own ventures.

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Tribal Health, is the best thing he’s done in healthcare
  • Shufeldt discusses the difference between staffing mission-driven people and those there for t...
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    Inflation is here and there aren’t many people out there who are fans of it either. Gas and food prices are through the roof (among other consumables). But there might be a small silver lining in this if you have some extra cash lying around.

    Treasury I Bonds (issued by the U.S. Treasury) have been very enticing lately. This is not just because they’re considered safe, but also because the interest rate is tied to the government’s ...

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    June 6, 2022 49 min

    Navient got sued by multiple states for unscrupulous behavior that pushed borrowers to use forbearance instead of income-driven repayment plans. 

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Nii talks about how much he’s getting from the class-action lawsuit against Navient
  • Nii talks about how the multiple forbearances ballooned his loans from $240,000 to $330,000
  • NPR reports Problems with Income-Driven Repayment Plan
  • Crazy work schedules to pay o...
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     Things to expect in this episode:

  • Renee talks about being post-call with OB.
  • Does she prefer working as a locums or doing per diem work
  • Nii and Renee answer listener feedback/questions from text messages
  • Nii & Renee share if they bought a new rental property with Awning
  • Nii & Renee help a pre-PA student decide if $275k of student loan debt is worth it

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    Dr. Nerissa Kreher is a Chief Medical Officer of a biotech company and a Pediatric Endocrinologist. She transitioned into biotech early in her career and brings 15 years of experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. 

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • Dr. Nerissa talks about how she got started in the pharmaceutical industry
  • She explains the differences in job titles of medical affairs,  clinical development,  and drug safety
  • A ...
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    Dr. Lucie Mitchell is a long time listener of Docs Outside. She joins Dr. Nii today to share her story about how a major panic attack in the last 3 months of residency training led her to pay off $70,000 of student loan debt in less than a year and turn medicine into art.

    Things to expect in this episode:

  • How a debt-induced panic attack and a phone call with Dr. Renée resulted in an aggressive loan repayment plan
  • How Dr. Lucie turned...
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