Welcome to the Work from Home Doctor!
Hi, I'm Dr. H, a family medicine physician that quit a typical outpatient medical clinic job so that I can solely work from home to spend more time with family and have greater flexibility in how I use my time.
That's my family and I above and the main reasons why I decided to quit my brick and mortar clinic job. Having our first child, Baby A, totally changed our lives for the better. On the days I would be stuck at the clinic for 10 hours a day, I found myself wishing I could just be at home to see all the neat things Baby A was learning how to do. That's why I quit my position only a few months upon returning back to work from paternity leave.
I thought I would have a long 30 year career, practicing medicine in a clinic 4 to 5 days a week.
I graduated from medical school in 2011, finished residency and became board certified in Family Medicine in 2014.
My wife and I moved to a smaller midwest town and I started working a typical outpatient family medicine job. The salary and starting bonus was nice, coming out of residency when I was used to being poor and living paycheck to paycheck. I worked 4 1/2 days a week, 36-40 patient contact hours weekly. I took call on weekends once every 4-5 weekends and thought it was awesome that I only had to answer phone calls once or twice in the middle of the night at 2 am (instead of being in-call and staying overnight in the hospital when I was a resident).
We took advantage of the low cost of living where our monthly mortgage payment was only about $1800. I started learning more about personal finance and aggressively paying off our student loans. $80,000 of her student loans were paid off in 2 years, and $150,000 of my loans would take another 3 years after that.
We travelled every couple of months during the first few years of our marriage. Jetsetting to places such as Iceland, Australia, Spain, France, Austria, the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, National Parks here in the United States. We felt so adventurous. It was an exciting time but also something we felt like we had to do as a way to reset our minds. The daily slog of seeing 20 patients a day, answering phone calls from patients, following up on labs, fighting prior authorizations, filling out disability paperwork would slowly build up. The vacations every 3 months seemed like a necessity.
It was also what I imagined my medical career would be like for the next 30 years. A cycle of work, work, work - clocking in to the clinic by 8am and getting home by 6pm - and taking a week off for travel and vacation to break up the work, only to rinse and repeat.