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The LOUNGE - A Newsletter for Savvy Physicians

We scour the net, selecting the most pertinent articles for the busy doc so you don’t have to! Here’s what’s drew our attention this week…

  • Why your net worth is defined by your ability to network

  • Meet the first wealth management platform designed for doctors

  • Is ChatGPT more empathic than physicians?

  • Build an impressive investment portfolio

  • Don’t rely on venture capital to fund your business dream

  • A billionaire names 3 things that lead to a happy life


Chrystene Nguyen MD is a lifestyle medicine physician who ingeniously combined the worlds of healthcare and romance. Learning from personal experience as a single healthcare professional during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as tackling issues of work-life balance with colleagues, Dr. Nguyen founded White Coat Romance, first a Facebook group and then later an innovative dating app specifically designed for professionals in the healthcare field. Learn about her journey from physician to app entrepreneur, as she shares insights into the challenges, triumphs, and the surprising intersections of love and medicine.


Achieving true wealth requires doctors to expand their network and increase their net worth. Attending specialized conferences is a great way for doctors to invest in themselves and expand their network. These conferences provide opportunities to learn from industry leaders, meet like-minded professionals, and build relationships with experts in various fields. By attending conferences, doctors can gain valuable insights, exchange ideas, and stay on top of the latest strategies and techniques for passive income investing. It is crucial for doctors to be intentional about building their network and surrounding themselves with high achievers who can positively impact their lives. With practical tips for networking effectively, doctors can make the most out of conference experiences and nurture their network for long-term success.

Despite earning a median salary of over $223,000, many physicians end up with little savings due to debt and delayed earnings. Although the general perception that doctors retire with substantial wealth, many physicians actually leave the profession with relatively little savings. This is often due to education-related debt and delayed earnings earlier in their careers. Earned, a wealth management platform launched in 2021, is specifically designed to address this issue for physicians and their families. The platform creates individualized plans to help doctors navigate their debt, optimize their career choices and investments, and protect their assets through insurance and estate planning. Earned differentiates itself by offering a comprehensive range of services and utilizing both technology and human financial advisors. The platform also aims to expand its client base to include other healthcare professionals and explore potential partnerships with health systems.

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Physicians are discovering that AI chatbots, like ChatGPT, are not only useful in technical medical tasks, but also in improving their communication skills and empathy. In a study comparing AI chatbots and human doctors in answering patient medical questions, the chatbots were found to provide better quality information and empathy. Some doctors are now using these AI tools to communicate with patients more effectively. For example, a doctor used ChatGPT to explain to a patient's family why a specific treatment plan was necessary, easing their concerns. Another doctor utilized the tool to counsel a friend with cancer, impressed by the compassionate answers it generated. The use of ChatGPT and similar AIs can help physicians provide kind responses to patient emails, assist staff members, and reduce paperwork. While the reasons for the lack of empathy in human physicians vary, AI chatbots can offer empathy without limitations. The effectiveness of AI tools in displaying empathy poses interesting questions about their role in fields such as psychotherapy and personal relationships. As the technology continues to evolve, it will be fascinating to see how AI's empathetic capabilities unfold in various areas.

Want to build an impressive investment portfolio? Here are the key strategies you need to know. Building an impressive investment portfolio requires careful planning, strategic decision-making, and a long-term perspective. By following key principles and strategies, investors can maximize returns while managing risks. Diversification is essential, as it helps mitigate risk and protect against market volatility. A well-diversified portfolio should include different asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, real estate, commodities, and alternative investments. Asset allocation is another crucial factor, and it involves distributing investments among different asset classes based on risk tolerance and financial goals. Regular rebalancing of the portfolio is important to maintain the desired asset allocation over time. Thorough research is necessary for informed decisions, and investors should analyze financial statements, evaluate business models, and stay informed about macroeconomic trends. Patience and discipline are key, as short-term market fluctuations are inevitable. Investors should resist making impulsive decisions and stay focused on their long-term goals.

With venture capital funding drying up, entrepreneurs are finding innovative ways to scale without burning through cash. In the startup world, there is a trend of entrepreneurs feeling immense pressure to secure large amounts of venture capital funding for hypergrowth. However, as interest rates have risen, many startups are finding it difficult to secure that funding. This has led to a growing number of founders seeking alternative strategies to scale their businesses without burning through cash. Mike Salguero, the CEO and founder of ButcherBox, a meat subscription service, is a prime example of this. After a negative experience with venture capital at his prior company, Salguero made a pledge to grow ButcherBox without outside funding. His "Box One Profitable" strategy focuses on leveraging influencers, maintaining a laser focus on costs, and making tough decisions during the pandemic. In just seven years, Salguero successfully grew ButcherBox into a $600 million company without relying on external funding.

Ray Dalio says living a life of success and happiness comes down to these 3 things. Despite being a billionaire, Dalio states that affluence and traditional markers of success do not guarantee happiness. He emphasizes the importance of working on what brings fulfillment and satisfaction, allowing individuals to control their own destiny. Dalio believes that the quality of social relationships is crucial for happiness, suggesting that money should be valued as a means to acquire what truly matters. Additionally, Dalio highlights the power of principles in decision-making and achieving goals. By defining a set of principles, individuals can navigate through challenges and ensure alignment with their desired outcomes.



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