My guest Dina Strachan, MD left academics and founded her own dermatology practice in a very competitive market in New York City. She started with a dream and a small budget and has grown her very successful practice on her own terms. Dr. Strachan is also a well-known author and blogger and has been named a “Super Doctor” by the New York Times. She is also the author of Moxie Mindset, Secrets of Building a Profitable, Independent Physicians Practice in a Competitive Market, which was released this year.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to be both financially successful and have deep joy and personal satisfaction in medicine
  • Why having an independent practice actually serves the public better than larger practices do
  • Why “fitting the mold” leads to physician burnout
  • How to break out of “big” medicine, do your own thing, and still be successful
  • Why leaving medicine is not necessarily the path to happiness, even when you are burned out.

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