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Becoming a physician assistant (PA) is difficult. But becoming a PA on the way to financial independence (FI) shouldn’t be. Allow the PA the FI Way podcast to be your guide to becoming a physician assistant on the way to financial independence.

Unfortunately, even basic personal finance and budget concepts are rarely taught in high school, college or PA school. Then once PA students become certified physician assistants and begin their professional journey practicing medicine, they typically have a heap of student loans just waiting to be paid back. Let’s not only discuss how to prevent large student loan amounts, but also how to pay them back quickly. Let’s discuss how practicing PAs can learn to save and invest for their futures. PA the FI Way’s mission is to provide both future and current PAs alike strategies to not only become financially literate, but to also reach financial independence along the way. Think of it as personal finance for PAs with a financial independence twist. Financial independence provides the freedom to find balance in work and personal life.

FI is about creating the life you want to live, choosing when to retire (IF you want to retire early), choosing when to cut back on working, or choosing when to work on another passion in your life. The decision truly is yours, and I hope you decide to join me on the journey to becoming a PA the FI Way.

PA the FI Way Kat, PA-C

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Becoming a physician assistant (PA) is difficult. But becoming a PA on the way to financial independence (FI) shouldn’t be. Allow the PA the FI Way podcast to be your guide to becoming a physician assistant on the way to financial independence.

Unfortunately, even basic personal finance and budget concepts are rarely taught in high school, college or PA school. Then once PA students become certified physician assistants and begin their professional journey practicing medicine, they typically have a heap of student loans just waiting to be paid back. Let’s not only discuss how to prevent large student loan amounts, but also how to pay them back quickly. Let’s discuss how practicing PAs can learn to save and invest for their futures. PA the FI Way’s mission is to provide both future and current PAs alike strategies to not only become financially literate, but to also reach financial independence along the way. Think of it as personal finance for PAs with a financial independence twist. Financial independence provides the freedom to find balance in work and personal life.

FI is about creating the life you want to live, choosing when to retire (IF you want to retire early), choosing when to cut back on working, or choosing when to work on another passion in your life. The decision truly is yours, and I hope you decide to join me on the journey to becoming a PA the FI Way.

    079 | What PAs Can Learn From Dogs About Toxic Work Environments

    079 | What PAs Can Learn From Dogs About Toxic Work Environments

    Research studies done several years ago by a psychologist named Martin Seligman on dogs revealed a concept called learned helplessness. This idea can explain why some physician assistants / physician associates act in ways that others don't understand, such as why they are staying in a toxic role that is contributing to their burnout symptoms.

    Interested in starting your journey to financial independence? Start now by taking this workshop about the common financial pitfalls that most PAs make and what to do instead: https://www.pathefiway.com/15-common-financial-pitfalls-for-pas

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    Keywords: burnout, physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 16 min
    078 | Lifestyle Design and Lessons From Our RV Family Adventure

    078 | Lifestyle Design and Lessons From Our RV Family Adventure

    In order to live an intentional life as a current or future PA, you need to incorporate lifestyle design into your life. Lifestyle design is the process of designing the life that you want to live that aligns with your values and purpose.

     

    Recently, my family and I took a rented RV on a roadtrip from MN to CO to visit the mountains and some beautiful national parks. It was certainly an adventure with 7 humans, 1 dog, in a 31 ft. RV for 9 days. In this episode, I provide a recap of the trip and discuss the lessons learned as well as how you can utilize the concept of lifestyle design to explore different ways of how you may want your life to look.

     

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    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 28 min
    077 | Some of the Diverse Roles That One PA Can Hold: Interview with Brittany Strelow, DMSc, MS, PA-C

    077 | Some of the Diverse Roles That One PA Can Hold: Interview with Brittany Strelow, DMSc, MS, PA-C

    Do you feel as though you'd like to try to dip your toes into other roles outside of clinical medicine as a physician associate? This interview with Brittany will show how you could try many different things as a PA, even while still practicing clinically if you want to. In addition to working in primary care, she is also a faculty member of a new PA program, participates in research, has been published, volunteers for the state (MAPA) and national (AAPA) PA societies, and is currently president-elect of MAPA. She also shares how she was able to pay off her large student loan debt from PA school in less than 3 years! I think you'll find her story incredibly inspirational as she discusses the variety of roles that she holds as a PA.

     

    Connect with Brittany on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittany-strelow-dmsc-ms-pa-c-46510644 

     

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway

     

    Website to read blog posts: pathefiway.com

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

     

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway

     

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    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 40 min
    076 | 10 Pieces of Outdated Financial Advice that Worked for Your Parents but Likely Won’t Work for You

    076 | 10 Pieces of Outdated Financial Advice that Worked for Your Parents but Likely Won’t Work for You

    Have you ever heard your parents give you a financial recommendation that seemed as though it was a bit "old school"? You may have thought, "Hmm... that may have worked for you, but that doesn't seem as though it would help me in these times." Some financial tenets hold true over time, but often, financial guidelines and recommendations can change from generation to generation.

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway

    Website: pathefiway.com

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway

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    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 21 min
    075 | How to Lower Your Costs as a Wedding Guest

    075 | How to Lower Your Costs as a Wedding Guest

    Wedding season can be expensive if you have many weddings and wedding festivities to attend! The costs can all add up quickly, especially if you're also in the wedding as part of the wedding party. Here are some suggested tips to help you enjoy the celebrations of friends and family while not breaking the bank.

     

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway

     

    Website: pathefiway.com

     

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

     

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway

     

    Like the Facebook page to follow along for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pathefiway

     

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    Keywords: physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 13 min
    074 | Say "I Do" to Lower Wedding Costs

    074 | Say "I Do" to Lower Wedding Costs

    It is wedding season, and many PAs tend to get married right after PA school. A few other PAs will even get married in the midst of PA school! Weddings can be magical and memorable, as well as unfortunately very expensive. However, the overall cost is actually in your control to decide how much you and your (future) spouse would like to spend.

    As with many budgeting and financial areas of life, consider what you will truly value on your wedding day, and spend on those things while cutting costs in the other areas that don't mean as much to you. Your special day will fly by, so ask yourself, "Do I really want to spend THAT much money for one day?"

    In this episode, you'll find some creative ideas of how you can have a lovely wedding day, a beautiful engagement ring, as well as many wonderful memories without breaking the bank.

    Enjoy the show? You can now support the PA the FI Way podcast through Buy Me a Coffee! Thank you for all of your support! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/pathefiway

    Website: pathefiway.com

    Follow along on Instagram: @pathefiway https://www.instagram.com/pathefiway/

    Join the private Facebook group created for current and future PAs on their journey to financial independence: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pathefiway

    Like the Facebook page to follow along for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pathefiway

    Prefer to pin the posts that you found informative? Follow along on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pathefiway

    Keywords: wedding costs, wedding expenses, physician associate, physician assistant, physician assistant financial independence, physician associate financial independence, physician assistant finances, physician associate finances, physician assistant school, physician associate school, PA school, PA-S, PA-C, pre-PA, physician assistant student, physician associate student

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

rebekahingrid ,

Great info!

I am not a PA, but the information given in this podcast is super informative for every walk of life!!

jeff_wandering ,

FI the PA Way

As someone beginning their PA career & only slightly further ahead on the path to financial independence I was so excited to find this podcast. But I was even more excited when I listened and realized the host is a PA I met & worked with during my rotations! Kat provides clear information, practical application, as well as interesting & insightful interviews. This podcast has something for PAs in all stages of their professional (i.e. pre-PA/student to practicing PA-C) & personal financial independence journeys. Listen to PA the FI Way & learn to FI the PA Way!

Jordan, PA-C ,

Packed with info!

This a great podcast for the financial life of a PA. The information is very helpful while not coming off overwhelming. I learn something new every episode and look forward to the next one every week! Great job Kat!

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